EU Commissioner Dalli Resigns on Fraud Implications
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli has resigned Tuesday following an investigation for involvement in fraud.
John Dalli's name has been mentioned in an investigation by the EU's anti-fraud agency OLAF, stated the European Commission.
His resignation is effective immediately.
OLAF has acted on an alert by Swedish Match that complained about a Maltese businessman trying to exert influence over the company citing his alleged closeness to Dalli.
The businessman referred to the possibility of lifting a ban on EU imports of snus, a tobacco product manufactured by Swedish Match.
The Maltese tried to financially benefit from his alleged influence.
In its report, OLAF has stated it has no proof that Dalli has been actually personally involved in the case.
The commissioner has resolutely denied the implications, but stated he chose to resign so as not to harm the EC's reputation.
His duties will be temporarily taken up by EU's Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, Slovakia's Maro? ?ef?ovi?.
In Feburary 2010, Malta's John Dalli was appointed the EU's Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner in Jose Manuel Barroso's second EC college.
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