Auditors warn about the use of consultants by the European Commission

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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