Dutch Europol chief accused of cronyism

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police commissioner Tom Driessen has resigned his position at Europol, the European police organisation, following accusations of cronyism. Mr Driessen allegedly tried to channel former colleagues of the Dutch police into lucrative jobs at Europol.

An investigation into the job application procedures concerned has been started by OLAF, the European anti-fraud agency. Both Mr Driessen and an employee of KLPD, the Dutch national police, are under scrutiny. Dutch daily quotes suspicions that Mr Driessen leaked confidential information about the procedures to his former colleagues.

Mr Driessen was appointed deputy director of Europol's Heavy Crime section in 2009. His Dutch employer, KLPD, seconded him to Europol for the duration of his work there. As a result, Mr Driessen has returned to the Dutch national police, but KLPD said he will no longer be working in a managerial capacity. The other KLPD employee has been demoted.

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