Giacomo Regaldo (left), a grubby little Italian thief, was a former committee member of the EU's EESC (see post below). Not only for almost six years did he claim the cost of return flights from Brussels to Rome from the EU, he claimed the same costs from his domestic sponsoring organisation. The additional fact that he never actually made the trips at all, having a permanent home in Brussels, would add considerably to his sentence you would have thought - unless, that is, the case is heard in a Belgian court.
In a recent judgement that our own bent Parliamentarians would relish, a Belgian court has recently ruled that honesty is purely optional for the EU nomenklatura. It was perfectly OK for Regaldo to defraud the EU; not a crime at all, the system allowed him to do it, even if it was fraudulent and dishonest.
The EU thinks the UK would be greatly improved by adopting European systems of justice. Now I'm sure I know why.