The head of the EU’s spending watchdog is accused of claiming expenses for a flat he barely lived in, using a chauffeur service for non-EU trips and lobbying fellow officials on behalf of clients of a law firm where he is employed.
Klaus-Heiner Lehne, president of the European Court of Auditors, claimed around €325,000 (£280,000) of taxpayer money for the property he barely occupies close to the institution’s Luxembourg-based headquarters, according to a newspaper investigation.
Mr Lehne also took advantage of an EU’s car service, which ferried him between the Grand Duchy and his home town of Düsseldorf, where he was politically active with Germany’s Christian Democrats and worked as a lawyer, for just €100 a month.
The former German MEP, who earns €24,000 a month auditing the EU’s accounts, was previously accused of lobbying the body’s competition authority on behalf of his clients at Taylor Wessing, a commercial law firm.
Mr Lehne and senior European legislators, with whom he is politically aligned, have threatened to launch legal action to gag journalists seeking to expose EU sleaze.
Of course, it’s Britain that is the corrupt place, what with Boris, isn’t it?