EU auditors on Thursday raised concerns about the European Commission’s increasing reliance on external consultants. In recent years, the commission has paid out €1 billion a year for advice, studies and other activities. Auditors said potential risks related to corporate concentration, over-reliance and conflicts of interest are not being properly monitored. “More transparency and accountability are needed,” said lead auditor Francois-Roger Cazala, urging the commission to regularly publish the use of consultants.
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