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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!