What the report said

March 19, 1999

The THES examines fallout from the report that led EU commissioners to quit

* Leonardo's initial tender specifications for a printing order were altered at the last minute so the firm Forma in Quarto was always low bidder, and there was "deliberate" non-compliance with the rule that the cheapest provider be chosen for paper and printed products "to the advantage of Forma in Quarto".

* "Unacceptably high" daily fee rates of E2,677 (Pounds 1,900) were charged by an Exeter University professor for "expertise and networking know-how".

The report says: "No formal authorisation was ever given by the commission for the services of Exeter University or the professor, who apparently did not produce any scientific services which could justify the considerable fee of over Pounds 40, 000 a year paid to the university."

* The wife and future daughter-in-law of the director of Agenor were given senior positions.

* The report concluded that Leonardo "raises significant questions with respect to the functioning of the services of the commission, up to the highest levels of command, the directors-general, as well as of the individual commissioners and the commission as a whole".

More at www2.europarl.eu.int/experts/en/5.htm

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