European Asylum Support Office an absolute waste of taxpayers money - Jonathan Bullock MEP
Speeches » European Asylum Support Office an absolute waste of taxpayers money - Jonathan Bullock MEP
We are debating whether to approve the accounts for the European Asylum Support Office based in Malta, which provides assistance for the arrival and processing of migrants.
This agency has a budget of around 70 million euros.
However, OLAF, the anti-fraud body, is currently investigating several former and current members occupying middle or senior management positions, reportedly over a "culture of irresponsibility" and bullying.
- The executive director was released from his position and an interim appointed.
- Irregular payments made by the Asylum Office for 2016 are estimated at over 1.5 million euros.
- The Court of Auditors in 2017 found there was an inadequate or total lack of internal control and governance.
And recently the Asylum Office put out a tender worth 1.5 million euros for Branded Promotional Items, Merchandised Garments and Apparels.
This tender included: Christmas cards, virtual reality glasses, car chargers, inflatable flight pillows, leather goods, crystal/glassware, gold/silver goods, ponchos, luggage and executive gifts for VIPs.
This is an absolute waste of taxpayers' money and the Asylum Office clearly has little internal control over its spending.
Asylum policy should be decided by independent sovereign countries in compliance with the Geneva Convention and not dictated or operated by unaccountable EU institutions. The open door policy that the EU has promoted has been a social, economic and humanitarian disaster.
I urge MEPs to reject discharge for the EU Asylum Support Office.