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

By |december 4th, 2019|Andrej Babis, conflict of interest, Czech Republic, EU funds, fraud, News, OLAF|

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.

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Billions of euros of EU funds misspent last year

By |oktober 8th, 2019|EU budget, EU funds, European Court of Auditors, fraud, Klaus-Heiner Lehne, News, OLAF|

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.

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Czechs demand Babis quit in largest protest since communism

By |junij 24th, 2019|Andrej Babis, ANO, communists, corruption, Czech Republic, News, OLAF|

Huge crowds flooded central Prague on Sunday (23 June) demanding Prime Minister Andrej Babiš step down over allegations of graft in a protest that organisers and local media claim drew around 250,000 people, making it the largest since the fall of communism in 1989.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Czechs demand Babis quit in largest protest since communism

Juncker looks back on 15 years of ‘big bang’ EU enlargement

By |april 29th, 2019|Andrej Babis, corruption, Czech Republic, EU enlargement, Hungary, illiberal democracy, Jan Kuciak, Jarosław Kaczyński, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, OLAF, PiS, Poland, Slovakia, Viktor Orbán, Visegrad Four|

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered interesting comments on present-day leaders of member states from Central Europe, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the 1 May 2004 accession of 10 countries, known as “the big bang”. 

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Dutch electric fishing in Brussels’ sights

By |februar 5th, 2019|electric fishing, European Anti-Fraud Office, fishing, martime affairs and fisheries, Netherlands, News, OLAF|

Following a complaint by the NGO BLOOM in October 2017, the European Commission is expected to initiate an infringement procedure against the Netherlands for illegally issuing licenses to trawlers engaging in electric fishing. EURACTIV France’s partner Journal de l’environnement reports.

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Auditors’ anti-fraud policy recommendations are old news, Oettinger says

By |januar 11th, 2019|anti-fraud, cohesion policy, european public prosecutor, News, OLAF|

There is nothing new in the recommendations on anti-fraud investigations the European Court of Auditors tabled on Thursday (10 January), the EU Commissioner for Budget Günther H. Oettinger has said. “Most areas of improvement have long been identified and tackled...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Auditors’ anti-fraud policy recommendations are old news, Oettinger says

Billionaire Czech PM faces more legal trouble over use of EU funds

By |december 3rd, 2018|Agrofert, Andrej Babis, conflict of interest, Czech Republic, News, OLAF|

Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš faced renewed pressure over his business dealings on Saturday (1 December) after an EU legal document said he has a conflict of interest due to links to agribusiness companies that received European funds.

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Hungarian police drops Orban-linked corruption probe

By |november 8th, 2018|corruption, european public prosecutor, Hungary, News, OLAF, rule of law, Viktor Orbán|

A police decision to close a corruption probe linked to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's family "strengthens doubts" about the independence of Hungary's law enforcement bodies, an EU official said Wednesday (7 November).

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MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

By |oktober 4th, 2018|Big Tobacco, europol, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, illicit tobacco, News, OLAF, tobacco smuggling|

France and other countries that need help tackling the rising illicit tobacco trade should ask for assistance from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), according to Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

OLAF: Up to France to request help on genuine cigarettes smuggled from Algeria

By |september 17th, 2018|cigarette smuggling, illicit tobacco, Illicit whites, News, OLAF, tobacco smuggling|

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) stands ready to assist member states, such as France, in the fight against illicit tobacco trade with third countries, but it’s up to the national authorities to make a request, OLAF told EURACTIV.com. “OLAF will...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za OLAF: Up to France to request help on genuine cigarettes smuggled from Algeria