Misuse of position for personal profit and the resulting danger of such misuse for EU funds is a great problem the EU seeks to deal with, particularly through the budgetary control committee in the European Parliament.

According to "corruption blossoms wherever lack of transparency reigns". 

The Santer Commission had to resign in 1999 under public pressure, following an investigation into administrative failings such as incompetence and malpractice. 

The institutions having the authority or influence to introduce transparency into the EU and its proceedings, including its Accounts, are: 




Council of Ministers 


Court of Auditors 


Parliament, with its current power of Censure  


but also: 

- public servants (see Whistleblowers

- European citizens 



See also Marta AndreasenPaul van BuitenenMichel SauteletDorte Schmidt-BrownDougal Watt and CensureTransparencyWhistleblowers