For this, he was suspended, had his salary halved and ordered to face disciplinary action. Eventually he was - at least partially - forgiven and returned to the organisation, albeit in a different capacity. He donated his prize money to a fund in the Netherlands for helping other whistleblowers and in he wrote a book which reveals the whole story - followed by a sequel in The second book only came out in Dutch and German. An English version risked causing trouble with Commissioner Neil Kinnock. No investigation thereby took place.
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Tuesday, 27 August, , GMT UK Brussels whistleblower quits in despair Paul van Buitenen says nothing has changed A European official whose whistle-blowing revelations sparked the resignation of the entire European Commision has quit, after declaring that nothing has changed. Paul van Buitenen says he is returning to his native Netherlands because the pressure in Brussels became too great to bear.
But Mr Van Buitenen says that, three years on, it is business as usual. Neil Kinnock insists reforms are on track "With this move to Breda, where I and my wife were born, we are putting our family first.
The pressure was too great. But as long ago as March Mr Van Buitenen cast doubt on whether the reforms would achieve anything. She told the BBC this month that the computer system on which the transactions were processed was "incoherent, insecure and allows no audit trail. He says he was similarly ostracised after making his own stand, being moved to a lower position in Luxembourg on half his original salary.
He has worked for the commission since Mr Van Buitenen, who has been honoured by the Dutch Queen, will now be working as a financial controller for the police in Breda.
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