Inquiry into integrity of Maastricht mayor

An investigation into the role of Maastricht mayor Gerd Leers in an affair involving his vacation villa in Bulgaria is to be launched by the body responsible for the integrity of local council officials (BING), report various media on Friday.

Leers requested the probe himself and says he will resign if the inquiry concludes that he behaved improperly, say the press reports.
Leers (Christian Democrat) bought a villa in the Marina Black Sea Riviera development project in 2006 for €220,000 but says he was ‘tricked’ and could not register the purchase in his own name.
In May this year he took legal action against the property developer involved and its shareholders who include a top Maastricht civil servant, the media reports claim.
BING will look into whether this civil servant (named as Nico Nollen by the Volkskrant) acquired European subsidies for the project on false grounds, says the Telegraaf.
The investigation will also consider whether Leers used his position as mayor to influence the development project in Bulgaria, says the Volkskrant.

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