A European Union official was sacked for theft and sexual abuse but allowed to keep his pension, a disciplinary report obtained by the Daily Telegraph has revealed.
A second official, who had "a large number of unauthorised absences, systematically refused to work and did not respect the instructions of the hierarchy” was fired in 2020 after leaking documents, the internal report said.
Astonishingly, he too was also allowed to keep his lucrative pension, which is one of the major perks of serving Brussels as an EU civil servant.
The disciplinary panel said it spared the bureaucrat dismissed for theft and sexual abuse further punishment because it “took into account the state of mental health of the official, as an attenuating circumstance”.
A retired official did have his pension docked, by £1,200 a month for two years, after using his private email address to send 56 emails “to insult and defame” commission staff.
Another official had £514 a month docked from his pension for a year “for psychological harassment and behaving inappropriately towards employees of a company working for the [European] Commission.”
The final pension amount for an EU official is between 40 per cent and 70 per cent of salary, which can, for the highest grades, be as much as £13,700 a month.
95 officials were investigated last year for offences including fiddling expenses, cronyism and getting angry during annual assessment. 18 cases were for harassment, 16 for “unauthorised external activity” and seven for conflicts of interest.
Just three were sacked as Brussels continued its long track record of leniency against misbehaving bureaucrats.
One official was given just a written warning for handing in invoices that inflated the school fees from an international school he was claiming back from Brussels.
Another official "provided favours" to a company bidding for a "large number" of contracts from his own department. The bureaucrat worked on a project proposal for the firm but did not declare the fact his partner worked at the company. He was demoted a pay grade for a year.
Reprimands were handed out for excessive cynicism, rudeness to security personnel and for calling a colleague useless.
“The Appointing Authority imposed a reprimand on an official who did not follow the applicable rules on parking security and the instructions of the security guards advising him on those rules and did not behave appropriately towards them,” the report said.
Another official was reprimanded for “the tendency to make cynical comments, use an aggressive and disrespectful tone in the interaction with his colleagues, hierarchy or external partners, question the competencies of others or insist on certain positions beyond reason.”
All officials are referred to as male in the report to protect their anonymity. The commission employs about 32,000 staff.
Dr Lee Rotherham, a veteran campaigner on EU fraud, said, “This paints a sorry canvass. It’s not altogether clear that the staff members sanctioned for calling their colleagues ‘useless’ might not have had a point.”
The report was made public after a freedom of information request from David Wilkinson, a eurosceptic campaigner based in EU member Estonia.