31 July 1997
Early retirement for EC deputy chief
FERNANDO MANSITO, a deputy chief of the European Commissions agriculture directorate, has been ordered to take early retirement.
It is five months since the European Parliament accused him of trying to keep the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic out of the public eye. It is viewed as a response to demands by the Parliament for a personnel shake-up.
An inquiry accused the Commission of colluding with Britain and grossly mismanaging the BSE crisis.
Some MEPs have called for the removal of Guy Legras, the French head of the farm directorate. The Parliament has threatened to call a vote of censure against Commission President Jacques Santer in the autumn if it is not satisfied with his response to its accusations.