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PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE: OLAF RECOMMENDATIONS INVESTIGATED IN HUNGARY

 

All judicial recommendations by the European Union’s anti-corruption body OLAF to Hungary are investigated, the public prosecutor’s office said after the body published its 2021 report. Hungarian authorities brought charges in 65% of the cases initiated by OLAF between 2017 and 2021, well above the EU average of 35%, the office said on Thursday. OLAF published 2 judicial recommendations to Hungary in 2021 and 2020 each, down from 10 in 2016, the prosecutor’s office said. Although it has no legal obligation to do so, the Hungarian public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation on each judicial recommendation, the office said.
The Hungarian public prosecutor’s office and OLAF signed a cooperation agreement in February, cementing an already strong working relationship, the statement said. OLAF publishes judicial, disciplinary and financial recommendations as part of its role to review administrative irregularities in member states’ handling of EU monies. OLAF does not define criminal activity and does not collect evidence, the office said.