The tax authorities will open an investigation into the activities of the GIAL non-profit agency, which manages data processing and office automation services for the City of Brussels, and emoluments amounting to 1,000 euros per day given to Director Michel Leroy. Information to this effect, disseminated by the Flemish commercial television channel, VTM, was confirmed on Monday by Federal Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA).
GIAL hit the news at the end of last week when the weekly Le Vif reported the emoluments, which Leroy, an information technology expert, received as an independent consultant. He received a sum of 1000 euros a day during 18 years. His contract was ended in December last following an audit commissioned by the municipal authorities.
“The audit revealed irregularities,” Van Overtveldt told Belga news agency on Monday. “The tax office will conduct an investigation into the entire non-profit to have a more detailed picture. It could focus on the activities of the false consultant, but will not be limited to that. The investigation will, of course, look at fiscal aspects.”
Experts at the Finance Ministry will determine how the investigation will be conducted.