The Power House
This chapter discusses the creation of the Committee of Independent Experts in 1999 within the European Commission. This committee was tasked to investigate the extent to which the Commission as a body or commissioners individually bear specific responsibility for the examples of fraud, mismanagement, and nepotism leveled against the Commission in parliament. The three cases that were examined in depth included the ECHO programme of humanitarian aid, the Leonardo programme of subsidy for vocational training, and the MED programme of grants to Mediterranean countries affected by the Gulf War. In all these cases, the experts identified instances of fraud, mismanagement, and nepotism, and heads of these programmes were censured. This chapter also discusses the various functions of the Commission, including its function as a rule-making body.
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