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Paul van Buitenen (born 28 May 1957 in Breda) was a Dutch assistant-auditor in the European Commission’s Financial Control Directorate who became the whistle blower who first drew the attention of a Member of the European Parliament to the irregularities, fraud and mismanagement within the Commission in 1998. May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... 1957 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. ... Audit can refer to: Telecommunication audit Financial audit Performance audit Completion of a course of study for which no assessment is completed or grade awarded; especially audit is awarded to those who have elected not to receive a letter grade for a course in which letter grades typically awarded. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive of the European Union. ... A whistleblower is someone in an organization who witnesses behavior by members that is either contrary to the mission of the organization, or threatening to the public interest, and who decides to speak out publicly about it. ... A Member of the European Parliament (English abbreviation MEP) is a member of the European Unions directly-elected legislative body, the European Parliament. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


For this, he was suspended, had his salary halved and ordered to face disciplinary action. He fought on and his exposures triggered the collapse of Jacques Santer's Commission, of which Edith Cresson was particularly criticised. In 1999, the Santer Commission resigned from their posts at the head of the European Commission. ... Edith Cresson Edith Cresson (born on 27 January 1934 as Edith Campion in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris) is a French politician. ...


Eventually he was (at least partially) forgiven and he returned to the organisation in 2003, in a different capacity. Nevertheless, he would later leave for good in order to pursue a political career. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He has been named 'European of the Year' by Reader's Digest magazine and the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He said he would donate his prize money to a fund in the Netherlands for helping other whistleblowers and he wrote a book which reveals the whole story. The cover of the May 2004 issue of Readers Digest. ... The ABC or Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the national, Australia. ...


Paul van Buitenen is now being completely vindicated, and reforms are being made. A body to oversee standards in Euro-public life has been created - along the lines of the UK's Nolan Committee. European Commission vice-president Neil Kinnock was involved in these reforms - but was not very keen on Paul van Buitenen's actions. The Right Honourable Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty, PC (born March 28, 1942) is a British politician. ...


Pledging to continue his fight against fraud and bureaucratic inefficiency on the European level, Van Buitenen founded a party named Europa Transparant, ran with it for the European Parliament in the 2004 elections (in the Netherlands) and won two seats for his party. Van Buitenen joined the Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament as an independent member [1] (http://www.greens-efa.org/en/press/detail.php?id=1971&lg=en). Europa Transparant (Transparent Europe) is a political party in the Netherlands. ... Elections to the European Parliament were held from June 10, 2004 to June 13, 2004 in the 25 member states of the European Union, using varying election days according to local custom. ... The European Greens - European Free Alliance (The Greens/European Free Alliance; Greens/EFA; French: Le Groupe Verts/Alliance libre européenne; Les Verts/ALE, German Fraktion der Grünen/Freie Europäische Allianz) is one of the parliamentary groups in the European Parliament. ... The European Parliament is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ...


His current functions in the European Parliament are The European Parliament is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ...

  • Member of the Committee on Budgetary Control,
  • Substitute for the Committee on Petitions and
  • Substitute for the Delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and to the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee.

The European Economic Area (EEA) came into being on January 1, 1994 following an agreement between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Union (EU). ...

Biography

  • 1977: Foundation course in mechanical engineering (Eindhoven Technical College
  • 1979-1980: Military service
  • 1980: Diploma in bookkeeping
  • 1980-1985: Assistant accountant
  • 1983: Foundation course at the Netherlands Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • 1985-1986: Head of the planning department in a manufacturing company
  • 1986-1990: University budget policy adviser
  • 1990-2002 and 2003-2004: Official of the European Commission
  • 2002-2003: Financial management advisor to the police

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Netherlands) The word course has several meanings: course is the direction of travel in navigation in sailing, a course is the principal sail on a mast course is a regime of study in education course is a regime of medical drugs course is a layer of material This is a disambiguation... The word mechanical can mean one of several things: A device or principle described as mechanical relates to a mechanism or machine, or the realm of Newtonian mechanics. ... A diploma (from Greek diploma) is a document issued by an educational institution, such as a university, that is one of the following: A certificate testifying that the recipient has successfully completed a particular course of study, A deed conferring an academic degree. ... Accountancy (British English) or accounting (American English) is the process of maintaining, auditing, and processing financial information for business purposes. ... Accountancy (British English) or accounting (American English) is the process of maintaining, auditing, and processing financial information for business purposes. ... Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods for sale, or intermediate processes involving the production or finishing of semi-manufactures. ... Budget generally refers to a list of all planned expenses. ... Elections to the European Parliament were held in the Netherlands on June 10, 2004. ...


External links

  • European Parliament biography of Paul van Buitenen (http://wwwdb.europarl.eu.int/ep6/owa/whos_mep.data?ilg=EN&iucd=28264)
  • Declaration (http://wwwdb.europarl.eu.int/ep6-dif/28264_22-11-2004.PDF) of financial interests (in Dutch; PDF file)
  • Brussels whistleblower quits in despair (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2219114.stm)
  • Article about van Buitenen's whistle-blowing (http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2465/is_1_31/ai_70910930)
  • Articles mentioning van Buitenen (http://www.findarticles.com/p/search?tb=art&qt=%22Paul+Van+Buitenen%22)
  • EUABC article about van Buitenen (http://www.euabc.com/index.phtml?word_id=116)

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Paul van Buitenen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (423 words)
Paul van Buitenen (born 28 May 1957 in Breda) was a Dutch assistant-auditor in the European Commission’s Financial Control Directorate becoming the whistleblower who first drew the attention of a Member of the European Parliament to the irregularities, fraud and mismanagement within the Commission in 1998.
Pledging to continue the fight against fraud and bureaucratic inefficiency on the European level, van Buitenen founded a party named Europa Transparant, ran with it for the European Parliament in the 2004 elections (in the Netherlands) and won two seats for his party.
Van Buitenen joined the Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament as an independent member [1].
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