MEPS PUT EXPENSES HOUSE IN ORDER AFTER EMBARRASSING REVELATIONS

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Parliament's administrative bureau has tightened up rules on the employment of MEPs assistants after a probe revealed a series of misdemeanours. This brought the resignation of MEP Giles Chichester as leader of UK Conservative MEPs after it was revealed he paid staff allowances to a firm founded by his father. In future, payments to assistants in their home countries will be handled by qualified agents. Only 25% of these funds can henceforth pay for research studies or other advisory work. Also, no new contracts may be ...


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