In an exclusive interview to mark his award of Accountancy Age's Personality of the Year title, van Buitenen - whose disclosure of accounting irregularities to the European parliament at the end of last year led to the resignations - said the Commission needs further reform. Speaking from his home near Brussels, van Buitenen, who was unable to attend the London awards ceremony, said financial management issues within the Commission still needed to be addressed. 'A lot of people think that everything in the European Commission is better now, but the real grass roots reforms still have to take place. What is happening now is just window dressing and I hope that further reforms will be carried through in the European Commission,' he said.Van Buitenen, who was overwhelmingly voted Personality of the Year by Accountancy Age readers, said he valued the award because it meant acknowledgement from fellow professionals. Click on the boxes on the right-hand side to see who else won awards, and to view an exclusive video interview with van Buitenen.
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