- Marta Andreasen (Photo: EU Parliament)
Famous whistleblower sacked by the European Commission for criticism of the EU accounts.
Member of the European Parliament from July 2009. She was appointed by her group "Europe for Freedom and Democracy" to become first vice president in the budget control committee but was rejected in a secret vote.
A Spanish accountant, employed in 2002 to head the Commission’s accounts department of 130 staff. She criticised the accounting system for being open to fraud. She also criticised the Commission because it did not have a single system, but used Excel spreadsheets for producing figures – this allows figures to be altered without trace.
Additionally, the fundamental double entry bookkeeping system, which is mandatory for all private companies, was still missing in the EU.
Mrs. Andreasen first raised her criticisms internally, but made no progress with her superior. She then wrote to Commissioner Schreyer and the Commission President, Prodi. She again received no answers.
Then she went to members of the European Parliament’s Budget Control Committee. At this stage the press began to report the criticisms.
She was suspended from her job by the Commission and was later dismissed.
The Court of Auditors can only fully validate 5% of the money spent and have criticised the system every year since 1994. In the discharge procedure in 2003 the Commission promised comprehensive reform.
BBC interview: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/hardtalk/2293519.stm