Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Romania Probes 95 EU-Related Fraud Cases

22 July 2008
Bucharest _ Romania has started probes into 95 alleged misuses of EU funds, being the European country with highest number of cases in 2007, the anti-fraud watchdog OLAF says.

Most of the cases are related to sectors like agriculture, customs, pre-accession funds and structural funds, the report shows.

Romania's efforts to combat fraud of European Union funds is to be assessed in an European Commission report on justice reform, which is to be published on July 23. The EU body is to hail "Romania's efforts in the establishment and functioning of a national anti-fraud agency DLAF."

Some €80 million in EU funds is thought to have been lost in fraud in Romania during the last three years, with only 5 percent of the sums being recovered, according to DLAF statistics.

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