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Fictional jobs: Sylvie Goulard has repaid € 45,000 in the European Parliament

2019-09-06T17:58:37.386Z

"She paid the European Parliament what the European Parliament felt was due," said his entourage.



This reimbursement corresponds to the salaries and expenses of his parliamentary assistant Stéphane Thérou. Charles Platiau / REUTERS

Former MEP and former minister Sylvie Goulard, France's candidate for the European Commission, has paid 45 000 euros gross to the European Parliament, in the case of alleged mock jobs of parliamentary assistants MoDem, said his entourage, Friday, September 6, confirming information from the Point . "She paid the European Parliament what the European Parliament felt was due," said his entourage.

This reimbursement corresponds to the salaries and expenses of his parliamentary assistant Stéphane Thérou and "concerns the period of employment of the assistant from July 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015," says a source close to the French judicial investigation.

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Sylvie Goulard then began her second term (the European elections were held at the end of May 2014) after a change of constituency from West to Southeast. During the period cited, "there is no evidence of work" Stéphane Thérou, adds another source close to the file.

According to Sylvie Goulard's entourage, Mr. Thérou was looking for a job and "it took longer than expected. She continued to pay for it rather than fire it dry. This corresponds to a gross sum. There are paid holidays, end-of-contract benefits " .

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Judicial investigation continues

On 30 August, the European Parliament closed the deal without specifying the amount of the reimbursement. "There are minor administrative irregularities noted, not systematic and unintentional. The reimbursement related to this case was made, " said a spokeswoman.

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Ms. Goulard was chosen by Emmanuel Macron to fill the post of France to the European Commission, inducted on November 1st. She still has to be auditioned by Parliament to get the job.

The appointment of Sylvie Goulard caused some gnashing of teeth because of his alleged involvement in this case of fictitious jobs of assistants of MEPs MoDem party.

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This specialist of the EU with recognized skills and centrist MEP from 2009 to 2017 had to leave his post of Minister of Armies just a month after his appointment in 2017, because of this case which also caused the departure of the centrists François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez. The French judicial inquiry into this case is continuing. To date, Sylvie Goulard has not been summoned.

Source: lemonde

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