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OLAF CLOSES FIVE EU FUNDING PROBES IN HUNGARY IN 2019

 

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) said it concluded five investigations into the use of European Union funds in Hungary last year in an annual report released on Thursday. OLAF said it closed two of the probes with recommendations, without going into further detail. The office’s recommendations related to irregularities detected in the areas of European Structural and Investment Funds and agriculture in 2015-2019 impacted 3.93% of payments, according to the report. It said the indictment rate for actions taken by Hungarian judicial authorities following OLAF’s recommendations issued in 2015-2019 came to 47%.
The group of Fidesz-KDNP MEPs said in a statement on Thursday that OLAF’s probes during the period covered by the report had included the investigation of the number 4 metro project, which they called the “most serious corruption scandal” in Hungarian history, as well as other graft before 2010, when the Fidesz-KDNP government came to power. The MEPs placed the blame for the 3.93% ratio in the report squarely on the metro 4 project and other cases of corruption that took place before 2010.