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.
The European Union's anti-fraud body recovered a record €691 million last year, it said on Tuesday, but expressed concern that public bodies were getting more reluctant to tip it off for fear of damaging national reputations.
Bulgaria and Italy were the two countries with the highest number of investigations by the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF, according to the agency's 2011 report, presented to the Brussels press yesterday (19 October).
As EU leaders gather in Brussels to solve the Greek crisis, Athens and Brussels should share the blame for having let the country fall down its slippery slope. Now a new social contract is needed between the EU and its citizens to restore trust, writes former Greek MEP Yiannis Roubatis.
The European Parliament made today (31 March) a small step forward in a corruption case involving at least four MEPs by admitting that it is within the remit of the EU's anti-fraud office to investigate the matter. But it stood firm in its insistence that any such investigation would require a mandate from a national judicial authority.
The EU’s anti-fraud watchdog (OLAF) is too close to the institutions it investigates and appointments to top positions there are too political, according to a prominent Green MEP. But centre-right colleagues dismissed the allegations as "nothing new".
Investigators raided offices in Belgium, the Netherlands and France and several people were detained on 15 October in a multinational probe into suspected insider dealing scam in the European grain trade.
On 25 September, Commission President Romano Prodi will report to the European Parliament about the results of the Commission's inquiry into alleged irregularities at the EU's statistical office, the Eurostat.
The former director of Eurostat Yves Franchet, who was suspended in May this year following a financial scandal at the EU statistics office, says the Commission had all his internal audit reports since February 2000.
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