The French daily Libération writes about the financial scandal in the institutions of the European Union with the participation of politicians from the European People’s Party. Last week, the newspaper accused the president of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehn, of embezzling public funds. In today’s edition, the French newspaper writes about the scandal involving judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission.
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The Libération daily accused of a conflict of interest and trafficking in the influence of judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union – including its president, Judge Koen Lenaerts]and important EU officials associated with the European People’s Party.
In 2010–2018, they were to participate in meetings illegally paid from public funds. They were to be their organizers Karel Pinxten – former auditor at the European Court of Auditors, recently convicted of financial fraud, and Brussels lobbyists.
According to journalists, the meetings were attended by, inter alia, former head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, former vice-president Jyrki Katainen and Johannes Hahn, current budget commissioner and a close associate of the commission chairman Ursula Von der Leyen.
Libération also revealed that The European Commission and the authorities of several countries pressed the European Anti-Fraud Office not to investigate the matter. Activists associated with the EPP have recently taken up important positions in this office, noted the left-wing daily.
“Libération”: The EPP built a state within a state
The editor-in-chief of Libération called the matter “very serious” and said that the European People’s Party had built a “state within a state” in the European Union. According to the journal the government in Paris is “embarrassed” by the scandalwhich may adversely affect the French presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in a month’s time.