September 3, 2009
The European Police College, designed to train EU member states’ police officers, has had its fair share of controversy in recent years. In February, MEPs on the European Parliament’s Budgetary Committee refused to sign off its accounts amid a scandal over the “private use of public funds”. Apparently, almost £21,000 in EU funds was wrongly paid out for staff use of cars, transport services, mobile phones and furniture.
So who better to put in charge of such an institution than a man under suspicion for corruption himself. We wish we were joking but today’s Belgian daily De Morgen reports that the Belgian police officer who will preside over the executive board of the European Policy Academy (CEPOL) during the Belgian EU Presidency in 2010 is currently a corruption suspect.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.Open Europe blog team