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Paul van Buitenen

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Date of birth28 May 1957(age 59)
Place of birthBreda, Netherlands
Political partyEG-EFA
In officeJuly 20, 2004 - July 14, 2009

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Paul van Buitenen (-nlˈpoːl vɐn ˈbœy̯.tən.ə(n)) (born 28 May 1957 in Breda) was a Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands and a European civil servant on unpaid leave during his stint as MEP.

He was a Dutch assistant-auditor in the European Commission’s Financial Control Directorate becoming the whistleblower who first drew the attention of a Member of the European Parliament to the irregularities, fraud and mismanagement within the Commission in 1998. In May 2005, he also asked the European Commission to create an investigation, after learning that Frits Bolkestein (famous for the Directive on services in the internal market) was a member of the Russian Bank Menatep's international consultative council (owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky) and that he had worked for the Shell British-Dutch petrol company, two firms "detaining secret accounts in Clearstream".

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