THE COMMUNITY: Luxury-Loving Eurocrats

Ending an expense account binge

When Roy Jenkins was Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer a decade ago, he boasted about his record of bringing "public expenditure under very sharp control." He has been less successful in his tenure as president of the European Commission, a job he has held for the past 2½ years. During his stewardship in the European Community's top administrative post, a recent audit has revealed, many of the E.C.'s 13 commissioners went on an expense account binge that was anything but controlled.

The 50-page audit, which was prepared by the European Court of Auditors and promptly leaked to...

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