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Czech PM, named in Pandora probe, leads polls ahead of vote

A populist billionaire at odds with the European Union who featured in the Pandora Papers is the narrow favourite in Czech elections starting on Friday (8 October) that promise a tight result.
Central Asia 18-06-2021

Kazakhstan says it has upper hand in multi-billion legal case

Legal representatives for the government of Kazakhstan have told EURACTIV they believe the Central Asian country has gained the upper hand in a long-running legal battle surrounding what they called "one of the biggest frauds in the history of international arbitration".

New prosecutor’s office joins EU ‘Justice League’

A newly created EU prosecutor's office started work on Tuesday (1 June), in time to throw legal-eagle scrutiny on hundreds of billions of euros of Covid recovery spending about to sprayed across the bloc.

German ministers to discuss fraud at coronavirus test centers

German Health Minister Jens Spahn and his counterparts in the 16 federal states will on Monday morning (1 June) discuss control mechanisms for coronavirus test centers following fraud accusations, a ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Politics 01-04-2021

The EverGiven effect and the ‘controlled vote’ in Bulgaria 

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the EverGiven cargo ship blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal for nearly one week, the impact this had on transport and the economy before it was freed on Monday.

Former IMF chief Rato faces fresh fraud accusations in Spain

The former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Rodrigo Rato, is facing fresh allegations from Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors, including alleged tax fraud, corruption, and document falsification, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission concerned about COVID vaccines black market

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has warned member states that getting supplies of COVID vaccines from illicit trade entails considerable risks for human health.

Citing ‘systemic’ fraud, Commission pushes Hungary to change procurement

The European Union's executive has told Hungary to reform its public procurement laws to curb "systemic fraud" before billions of euros from the EU pandemic recovery fund become available, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.
Agrifood 06-10-2020

Fraud with agricultural funds in Bulgaria: Will EU prosecutor take notice?

The latest investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria journalist Valia Ahchieva has exposed fraud in the use of EU agricultural funds in the country, part of a widespread criminal scheme which she has flagged to the attention of the European Public Prosecutor Laura Kövesi.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2020

Wirecard scandal: Bundestag inquiry committee increasingly likely

A probe into the Wirecard affair is picking up speed. At a special session of the Bundestag Finance Committee, MPs have questioned top ministers and lobbyist influence over the government is becoming increasingly clear. Setting up a special inquiry committee is becoming more likely as a result. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-07-2020

Wirecard scandal: Why the German government should be nervous

Have leading politicians in the grand coalition up to the Chancellor been involved in a fraudulent scheme? The Bundestag's finance committee is looking into it.
Agrifood 23-07-2020

Pesticides banned in EU still in use in Bulgaria

In her latest investigation, EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Valia Ahchieva reveals the use of EU-banned pesticides, conflicts of interest, siphoning of European funds, lies and gross neglect of human health and bees’ life by the authorities.
Economy & Jobs 09-07-2020

German financial watchdog under fire following Wirecard scandal

The balance sheet scandal surrounding the payment company Wirecard raises many questions. Politicians are currently vigorously pursuing one of them: Where were the supervisory authorities? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

EPP proposes law to protect small farmers against oligarchs

The European People's Party group called on Wednesday (13 May) for an EU law to prevent oligarchs and land-grabbers drawing on EU subsidies at the expense of small and medium-sized farming businesses. The practice is widespread in countries in Eastern Europe and Italy.

Germany caught up in mask fraud scheme

Authorities in Germany have fallen victim to a multi-million-euro fraud involving masks much needed in the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said Tuesday (7 April).

Czech PM must quit, say 50,000 protesters

Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in central Prague on Tuesday (10 December) demanding the resignation of populist billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babiš over fraud allegations.

Counting wolves in Bulgaria – with EU money

A €9-million report on the state of species and natural habitats in Bulgaria, paid for with EU taxpayers’ money, may in fact be a sham, Valia Ahchieva reports.
Elections 04-12-2019

Czech taxpayers should return EU subsidies due to PM’s business conflict

The European Commission has determined that the Czech Republic must return hundreds of millions of crowns in EU subsidies as Prime Minister Andrej Babiš did not sufficiently separate himself from holdings that received the funds, Czech news websites reported.

Billions of euros of EU funds misspent last year

More than €4 billion of European Union funds were misspent last year, EU auditors estimated in a report released on Tuesday (8 October), which highlighted poor checks in receiving states on how the bloc's funds are invested.
Health 25-09-2019

Investigative report: Vampires without borders

A controversial alternative medicine that treats cancer patients by making them drink their own blood was denounced in Germany years ago. But in Bulgaria, a court ruled that the treatment is scientifically sound, and children are being sent to Germany for treatment, with expenses reimbursed by the state.

Slovak farmers drive tractors into capital to protest alleged EU subsidy fraud

Dozens of farmers from across Slovakia drove their tractors into the capital Bratislava on Tuesday (19 June) to protest against alleged irregularities in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.

EU warns UK-centered China import scam may shift to Europe’s ‘Silk Road’

European Union anti-fraud investigators suspect Greece and Hungary may have become the main EU centers of a multi-million-euro scam involving imports of Chinese clothing and footwear that uses the infrastructure of China’s new “Silk Road”.

Orban’s son-in-law faces new probe over EU funds

Hungarian prosecutors have launched an investigation into European Union-funded projects  run by a company once controlled by the son-in-law of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, weeks after the conclusion of a probe by the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF.

EU flags fraud and corruption in refugee settlements in Uganda

The EU delegation in Uganda said yesterday (5 February) it has identified allegations of malfeasance and corruption in managing refugee assistance programs in Uganda, and had  alerted the country’s government.