EU: where does all the money go?

By elbow · Jul 17, 2005 · ·
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    Cocaine traces at EU parliament
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    Cocaine traces have been found at the European Parliament in an inquiry by one of Germany's main broadcasters.
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    The Sat-1 channel sent reporters to take 46 swabs from
    toilets and other public areas of the Brussels buildings. Nearly all
    tested positive for cocaine.
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    A European Parliament spokeswoman said cocaine abuse was not a problem among staff working at the buildings.
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    A professor who analysed the samples said the amounts found were too great to have been carried in on clothing.

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    "It simply reflects the fact that cocaine was brought in
    there," Professor Fritz Sorgel of the Institute for Biomedical and
    Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremberg (IBMP) told the BBC News website.
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    "The amount was too high and found in too many spots. It shows it was brought in deliberately."
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    It seems the findings are in line with findings in other public buildings
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    <div>Marjory van den Broeke
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    However, he said the results were not so surprising given the widespread use of cocaine in society at large.
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    As the buildings are cleaned regularly, it appeared that
    cocaine had been used recently in the places where the traces were
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    A total of 41 of the reporters' swabs tested positive for cocaine.
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    'Surprise' results
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    European Parliament spokeswoman Marjory van den Broeke
    said the findings came as a complete surprise, insisting that cocaine
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    "It seems the findings are in line with findings in other public buildings," Ms Van den Broeke told the BBC News website.
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    "It is not a problem we are aware of at all."
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    But given the way the tests were carried out - with
    reporters coming in and taking swabs in toilets to be tested at a later
    stage - it was difficult to say how conclusive the tests could be, she
    said.
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    The parliament may look into whether the testing was legal as it was performed without its consent or knowledge.
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    We do not wish to point our fingers at any individuals or professional groups
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    The broadcaster conducted the same experiment in the German parliament with similar results five years ago.
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    Prof Sorgel made it clear cocaine was not found in all public places - not in German high schools for example.
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    "Many sites have no cocaine. It's not everywhere," he said.
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    The producer of the AKTE 05 TV show, Ulrich Meyer, said
    consumption of cocaine was a problem which pervaded all of society -
    "bigger than many politicians are willing to believe".
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    "We do not wish to point our fingers at any individuals
    or professional groups," he said, pointing out that the European
    Parliament building was open to the public.

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Comments

  1. enquirewithin
    The European Parliament is a corrupt institution, where expenses are paid without reciepts.
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