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Britain will not exclude possible EU oversight of Irish border

Britain will not rule out the possibility of the European Union retaining oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to keep unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit.

Im Abgasskandal setzt die EU Volkswagen unter Druck.
Transport 01-08-2017

EU anti-fraud office send VW probe findings to German prosecutors

The European anti-fraud office that is investigating whether Volkswagen used EU funds and European Investment Bank (EIB) loans to develop devices that cheated emission tests has sent its judicial recommendations to German prosecutors.

29-06-2017

The Brief: The secret weapon against rogue countries

At his first EU summit last week French President Emmanuel Macron signalled that there will be a change of attitude vis-à-vis the EU's 'rogue countries'.

Data protection 13-04-2017

Romanian EU-funded project accused of data protection violations

The Romanian government has been accused of bias in its awarding of EU funding to the country’s intelligence services. The e-Governance project is also facing serious allegations that it violates European and domestic laws on personal data protection.

Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission hails downsized EU public prosecutor as victory for ‘multi-speed Europe’

EU leaders agreed to slice up a controversial bill to open the first EU public prosecutor's office, with some backers calling it a victory of “multi-speed Europe” because it will free countries that opposed the new set-up to drop out.

Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.

EU halts release of anti-corruption report

In Romania, politicians were preparing to legalise political corruption, and elsewhere the misuse of EU funds makes headlines every day. Sandor Lederer asks why has the Commission decided not to release an in-depth anti-corruption report.

Health 03-10-2016

‘Cheap whites’: The new trend dominating tobacco black markets

Tobacco smugglers have found new ways of expanding their illegal activities and now focus on a trend called "cheap whites", which is raising new challenges for European regulators and Europol.

Justice Commissioner continues push for EU prosecutor’s office

Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová is continuing with her ambitious plans to set up a European Public Prosecutor Office by 2019. But the member states still have doubts about handing over control to a centralised EU agency. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The Kessler case should lead to a reform of OLAF

Giovanni Kessler, the director-general of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), is alleged to have wrongly listened in on telephone conversations as part of a previous OLAF investigation. Helen Xanthaki argues that the case should inspire the EU to reassess the structure of OLAF.

MEPs to grill Cañete over corruption after Spanish elections

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will have to appear before the European Parliament to respond to the accusations of his alleged involvement in the ‘Panama papers scandal’ and a corruption case in Spain.

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EU anti-fraud chief loses immunity in Dalligate row

The Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity and could face questioning by Belgian investigators in a case linked to the 2012 resignation of a European Commissioner in a lobbying scandal, officials said Thursday (10 March).

Journalists investigating EU funds theft threatened

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, has written to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, and top EU leaders, expressing concern that Bulgarian journalists investigating a huge corruption case have been harassed, warning they are at risk of retaliation for their reporting.

Moonlighting MEPs under scrutiny for conflict of interests

German MEP Birgit Collin-Langen (EPP) is quitting her second job on the board of energy giant RWE. Collin-Langen announced she'll leave RWE's board after an investigation came out on Wednesday (18 June) that put MEPs' additional sources of income under the spotlight.

Le Front National, qui accuse Martin Schulz, président du Parlement, de fraude, caracole en tête des sondages en France.

Schulz brushes off National Front fraud counter-claim

European Parliament President Martin Schulz today (13 March) brushed off accusations of hypocrisy made by Marine Le Pen’s National Front, after he reported the far-right party to anti-fraud investigators.

Public Affairs 08-07-2014

Barroso testifies in tobacco graft scandal

John Dalli, the former EU health commissioner, challenged EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso in court on Monday (7 July), declaring he was unfairly forced out of his job and maintaining his innocence in a graft scandal.

Future EU 03-02-2014

Ex-MEP to serve prison in ‘cash-for-laws’ scandal

Former Slovenian MEP Zoran Thaler was sentenced last week to two and a half years in prison by a Ljubljana court following his involvement in the “cash-for-amendments” scandal from 2011, a journalistic spoof aimed at “testing MEPs’ ethics”.

Commission to press ahead with European Prosecutor’s Office, without France and Britain

The European Commission is confident it can establish a European Prosecutor’s Office among a small group of EU member states since only eleven countries have stated their opposition to the plans, including France and Britain.

Commission moves to set up European Prosecutor’s Office

The European Commission today (17 July) proposed establishing a European Prosecutor’s Office, in an attempt to improve the investigation and conviction of criminals who defraud the EU. British Conservatives immediately said they would opt out of the plan.

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Euroepean Commission on Dalligate

The leader of the European Parliament's largest political group, the European Peoples’ Party (EPP), said yesterday (11 June) the European Commission should “force” the resignation of the head of the EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, over his handling of the case against former commissioner John Dalli.

Europe’s centre-right parties want OLAF chief to resign over Dalligate

The leader of the European Parliament's largest political group, the European Peoples’ Party (EPP), said yesterday (11 June) the European Commission should “force” the resignation of the head of the EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, over his handling of the case against former commissioner John Dalli.

Health 29-04-2013

OLAF’s Dalligate report slammed as ‘biased’, ‘amateurish’

Giovanni Kessler, head of the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF, has come under fire from MEPs and NGOs alike, after a Maltese online newspaper published a leak of the agency's investigation into former EU commissioner John Dalli, who was forced to resign last year amid a tobacco lobbying scandal. OLAF said it had no comment to make.

EU watchdog probes suspicious funding for Twitter, Facebook accounts in Bulgaria

The European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, has launched an investigation into allegations that €50,000 in rural development funding was due to be paid for opening and running a Facebook page and a Twitter account in Bulgaria, EURACTIV has learned.

OLAF chief pleads for European public prosecutor

The head of the EU anti-fraud office OLAF, Giovanni Kessler, pleaded yesterday (5 December) for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office as a formal EU institution.