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European Commission blocks scrutiny of wasteful €500m IT spend

Computer Weekly - European Commission lawyers have blocked the publication of proposals to tackle extraordinary levels of waste in its €500m IT budget.

But the Commission has made startling revelations about the state of its IT, including the admission that more than half its IT costs go unaccounted. It also admitted to having 2,498 different business systems performing just 15 different business functions, building on revelations about wasted European Commission (EC) IT spending first made in Computer Weekly in March.

The EC hopes to eradicate the waste with a radically revised IT strategy not dissimilar to that being pursued by the UK government, a draft version of which has been released to Computer Weekly.