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UEO, when the nephew comes to the aid of the uncle

Colin Cameron on the right during the transfer of the archives to the European Institute in Florence (Photo: EUI)

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) See the United Kingdom fighting as one to obtain a budgetary boost from the Europeans. This is rather rare, even exceptional in this period. And this deserves to be pointed out and detailed.

Of course, this is not a matter of sudden generosity. But a “question of justice” as those concerned claim. Let’s detail…

This concerns the liquidation of the Western European Union. A social plan was negotiated and a fund set up to manage the payment of compensation (fund managed at the European Union satellite agency) for the last employees. The only problem is that WEU Secretary General Colin Cameron (uncle of the British Prime Minister) is not normally entitled to any additional compensation. He is a non-ranking civil servant and ultimately already retired. Never mind, requested by the person concerned who used all his connections, the representatives of the United Kingdom - often so careful about European public money to the point of wanting to cut back any increase in the budget - flew in shine their latest pretensions.

Charitable, certain members of the parliamentary assembly, including its quaestor (British), interceded with the Member States so that he could, by exception, receive a year's salary " as concrete evidence of the esteem in which the Assembly holds him ". At the rank of the person concerned, this represents a small jackpot of several tens of thousands of euros. A check with five zeros. When you love, you don't count, especially in family...

Irony of history: The reason given by the United Kingdom for closing the WEU was precisely to be able to save public funds. This does not detract from the quality of the man. But in these times of crisis, it is particularly unwelcome.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).