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Tuesday, March 16, 1999 Published at 00:03 GMT

World: Europe

EU Commission resigns

Cresson: The former French prime minister was first in the firing line

The entire European Commission - the executive body of the European Union - has resigned in the wake of a damning report exposing fraud, corruption and mismanagement at senior levels.

"Everyone is going," Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said after an emergency meeting in Brussels.

David Shukman reports: "Hysteria and chaos" at European Commission headquarters
The BBC Europe correspondent says the situation at the commission is one of hysteria.

The meeting was called after the Commission was slammed in a report on its handling of fraud and corruption in its ranks.

The report, which was published on Monday, accused the entire EU executive body of losing political control. The European parliament's largest political group, the Socialists, had called on the entire Commission to resign.

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