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Eurostat: Time for resignations?
Romano Prodi
European Commission President Romano Prodi has rejected calls for resignations from his Brussels executive over allegations of fraud at the EU statistics agency, Eurostat.

Mr Prodi was addressing a committee of European Parliament leaders at a closed-door hearing in Strasbourg.

What do you think about this? Should heads roll at Eurostat? Should anyone take the blame?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Will there be no resignations because they are all up to their necks in it?

Their position is clearly untenable as they are unwilling to be open with the people of Europe - if we can't trust them on this then what can we trust them on?
Phil, UK

there is no evidence of fraud since 2000 therefore the present incumbents are in the clear.
John, France
My understanding is there is no evidence of fraud since 2000 therefore the present incumbents are in the clear.

However the people in charge prior to that should be investigated to ensure they did not 'line their own pockets' by fraud and if they did then they should be fired and not allowed to hold any position in any part of the EU ever again.

Anything less than this will show the EU to be a corrupt and nepotistic.

This is exactly what the Euro sceptics already think and will prove them right which will damage the credibility of the whole EU.
John, France

The court of auditors has refused to sign off the accounts for many years because the control system are inadequate and it was impossible to say where money was leaking. Anyone who pointed out corruption or suggested solutions was fired, ridiculed, or moved aside. This isn't an oversight, it's corruption inherent in the whole fabric of the EU. Sack the bureaucrats and failed national politicians who drive it as a gravy train, and rebuild it from scratch as a lightweight efficient organisation in the image of EFTA.
Roger, UK

The European Commission is an unelected, unaccountable body, riddled with stupefying bureaucracy and corruption. It is time for it not merely to seek "political resignations" but for criminal proceedings to be instigated in response to its scandalous behaviour. Moreover, unless and until it becomes an elected and fully accountable body, it should be deprived of any further access to European taxpayers' money.
Malcolm, UK

As a supporter of the EU I find this sort of thing very distasteful.

This problem should be sorted out from the top down.

Hopefully this will send a very clear message to all who follow in Cox and Prodi's foot steps.
Bill, UK

What kind of wimp quits over mere allegations?

You need to be proven guilty first, and then you resign, but not at simple allegations.
Gordon Silliker, USA

The EU is a mess of fraud and financial mismanagement. Mass resignations would leave Brussels empty. Even so the refusal to consider resignations at Eurostat does seem to indicate the corruption continues.
Ajana, Singapore, ex-UK




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