An adviser to Europe’s top court says Former French Prime Minister Edith Cresson should be deprived of half her pension, worth 47,000 euros a year, relating to her time as a European Commissioner. Cresson, 75, was at the centre of allegations of mismanagement that led to the mass resignation of the Commission headed by Jacques Santer in 1999.
The advocate general to the European Court of Justice said on Thursday that Cresson had been guilty of favouritism, although
the court’s judges will have the final say. In 2003 Brussels accused Cresson of breaching her obligations by hiring two personal friends as advisers, including dentist Rene Berthelot, who was paid for work never carried out. Two years ago a Belgian court dismissed criminal charges against Cresson.
A Belgian court dismissed criminal charges against her in 2004.4