Portugal : Scandal splatters Barroso
21 December 2010
“The European Commission, presided over by José Manuel Barroso, must decide if it wants to launch an investigation against the former [Portuguese] government of its president,” notes the Portuguese daily, i. Barroso, who was the Portuguese prime minister from 2002 to 2004, is the target of an inquiry request filed December 20 by the Socialist member of the European Parliament, Ana Gomes, the paper explains. Gomez is alleging corruption, fraud, violation of internal market regulations and misuse of public funds concerning Portugal’s purchase of two submarines from the German Submarine Consortium in 2004. She is asking for the Commission to cancel the contract despite the fact that, according to the terms of the contract, the Portuguese state gave up the right to sue in case of a dispute.