Daily Express - - NEWS - By Sarah O’Grady

THE num­ber of highly-paid EU staff break­ing the rules and si­phon­ing off tax­payer cash is ris­ing, the Daily Ex­press can re­veal.

Fraud, ha­rass­ment, sec­ond jobs and leak­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion were all dis­ci­plinary mat­ters dealt with by Euro­pean Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials in Brus­sels.

Ninety cases were reg­is­tered with the In­ves­ti­ga­tory and Dis­ci­plinary Of­fice of the Com­mis­sion (IDOC) in

2019 – up from 77 the pre­vi­ous year. Dis­ci­plinary hear­ings also rose by a quar­ter to 178, the re­port seen by The Daily Ex­press shows.

One em­ployee – un­der­stood to be a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Ex­ter­nal Ac­tion Ser­vice, the EU’s diplo­matic arm – was even found to be il­le­gally in “pos­ses­sion of arms”.

Other cases in doc­u­ments ob­tained by think tank The Red Cell in­clude of­fi­cials who sub­mit­ted false in­voices and nepo­tism on con­tracts they man­aged. For­mer min­is­ter David Jones said: “This shows that the EU is not there for the peo­ple of Europe, but for a self-per­pet­u­at­ing Brus­sels’ elite.”

A spokes­woman at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said: “In 2019, the num­ber of newly reg­is­tered cases in­creased slightly.

“Dur­ing the last four years, the fig­ures have been more or less sta­ble.”

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