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Cresson guilty of Favouritism but keeps her pension rights.

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Cresson guilty of Favouritism but keeps her pension rights.


The former French Prime Minister Edith Cresson has been found guilty of a serious breach of her duties whilst serving at the EU Commission.But the European Court of Justice has allowed her to keep her pension rights from her days as a commissioner. That amounts to around 3,600 euros per month.

The Commission itself launched the legal action after it was revealed Cresson employed her former dentist as a personal advisor, even though her cabinet was fully staffed and the dentist in question exceeded the age limit for the role. The scandal was part of the reason for the entire commission, led by Jacques Santer, resigning in 1999.

Some MEPs have criticised the ruling, claiming Cresson should not be entitled to any more tax-payers money having abused her position.The Court claimed that she had suffered enough already from the public humiliation.

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