However this press release may not be what the colleagues want to hear,
The report can be read here
Abolish 12 unnecessary EU departments, urges Brussels think tank
12 European Commission government departments, known as directorate-generals, should be abolished according the Globalisation Institute, a Brussels-based think tank.
In a submission to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, the Institute says:
“These directorate generals gobble up hundreds of millions of European taxpayers’ money without providing any meaningful benefit to the public. Abolishing them would free up money for the European Commission’s core work on the environment, trade and ensuring competition, and give scope to member states for tax cuts.
The departments that the Institute proposes scrapping include, among others, Information Society and Media; Communication; Regional Policy; and Education & Culture (which runs no schools).
In addition, the Institute proposes that three internally-focussed departments should be privatised and face competition: Informatics (the IT department), Translation (the largest translation service in the world) and the Joint Research Centre (which produces contract research to Commission departments).
The proposals would reduce directly-employed staff in the Commission by 10716.
According to Alex Singleton, President of the Globalisation Institute:
“The Commission is in desperate need of reform. As we move from yesterday’s outdated vision of the “European Project”, it’s time to get rid of these wholly unnecessary departments. We cannot afford the overhead of so many needless bureaucrats in Brussels.”
Of course my only criticism of the report is that it lacks ambition. How about the Committee of the Regions, the European Social and Economic Committee. Oh I could go on.