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Parliamentary questions
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9 August 2018
E-002935/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002935/2018

Prior to confirming its appointment as a Monitoring Trustee, the Commission verified Grant Thornton UK LLP's independence from ArcelorMittal, that it possessed the necessary qualifications and that it was not exposed to any conflict of interest. This is the Commission’s standard practice.

According to information available to the Commission, it appears that even though both Grant Thornton UK LLP and Grant Thornton Moldova are members of Grant Thornton International Ltd, they are separate firms and are not agents of or otherwise liable for one another’s acts or omissions.

Furthermore, the Commission has received confirmation by the Monitoring Trustee that Grant Thornton Moldova was auditor of the bank in question and was not involved in the fraud. Grant Thornton UK LLP, the monitoring trustee, continues to be a respected auditing firm.

Last updated: 10 August 2018Legal notice