Feb. 25 -- A new report, officially titled the Internal Audit Report No. 06/02 of the European Parliament Internal Audit Service, but informally as the "Galvin Report," discloses information how Members of the European Parliament (MEP) are abusing allowance systems and funneling millions of dollars into their own, personal accounts.
The report, unofficially named after chief auditor Robert Galvin, was written initially in 2006 as an audit of expenses and allowances claimed by over 160 MEPs. Until February 2009 this document was kept secret, before its existence was acknowledged in public by Chris Davies, MEP. The contents of the report were not released to the public, until the organization Tax Payers Alliance provided an analysis of the report, hosted temporarily on their website.
The internal report reveals widespread corruption amongst a broad array of European Parliamentarians, guilty of siphoning more than £1 million (or roughly $1.45 million USD) into personal accounts in a single term. Many committed gross acts of fraud by claiming expenses for assistants and secretaries who simply did not exist, awarding themselves excessive bonuses and rerouting public money into private investment funds.
Jonathan Oliver, of The London Times, which was the first major news outlet to obtain a copy of the report, published numerous other examples of abuse including payments straight into the funds of political parties, awarding end of year bonuses worth up to 19.5 times monthly salary to paid assistants (so as to allow members to use up their full allowance), payments for alleged secretarial work that was actually directed to local politicians of the MEP's party, and so on.
An even more common way for MEPs to pocket extra money is to claim the maximum living expenses, equal to $372.86 USD per day, while conveniently staying in cheap accommodations that cost far below the allowances provided. Aggravating the situation is the simple fact that on many expenses, receipts simply aren't required, such as travel and office supplies. Overall, this systematic and rampant corruption shows the inherent weakness of the bourgeois liberal democratic l system -- just as the economic crisis is showing the complete inadequacy of the global and domestic capitalism. .
A copy of the "Galvin Report" Analysis from the Tax Payers Alliance, provided by the Wikileaks service, is available for download in PDF format below: