Advertisements for the posts will appear in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the end of October in order to boost both the numbers of financial management and internal audit specialists. 'This is part of our commitment to sound and effective use of the taxpayers' budget,' an EC source said. The drive will be led by the court, which acts as the auditor to the commission, but the jobs will be split. About 80% of the new recruits will work within the commission. The announcement follows swiftly on publication of the second report of the Committee of Independent Experts last month, which highlighted the need for improved accountability and raised the specific issue of the need for more forensic accountants. The new posts will require accountants who have been qualified for at least two years and are bilingual in English and French. An additional language would be an advantage. The pay scales are expected to start from £2,500 a month. The European Commission is also looking to appoint a director of the new fraud-busting unit, OLAF, within the next few weeks. All applications should have been received by 21 September and the new person will support the drive to improve accountability by assisting member states in legislative and regulatory initiatives.
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