The European Court of Auditors has appointed an ex-MEP Mr Ville Itälä to the newly created position of Member responsible for institutional relations, which I think is a worrying development.
The appointment was made says the Court, to “enhance the ECA’s relations with other EU institutions at a strategic level…”
Mr Itälä sat with the pro-federalist EPP group in the European Parliament, so I see a clear conflict of interest.
Auditors do not need to have good relationship with auditees. In fact it is entirely advisable for them not to. They just need to review the accounts and expenses and refuse to sign off if necessary.
They should not, under any circumstances, be cosying up to the very Institutions that they are tasked with scrutinising.
With a few other ex-MEPs and MPs already appointed, there is a real threat that political manipulation is affecting the EU Court of Auditors.
To paraphrase a certain philosopher: who will audit the auditors?