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Varga orders investigation of NAV following OLAF report

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National Economy Minister Mihály Varga ordered an investigation of the National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) as to why it did not inform NAV leader András Tállai of an inquiry being launched in the case brought up by OLAF, which said it suspects officials of embezzling anti-corruption funds, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported yesterday.

The office in charge of coordinating with OLAF operates within NAV and yet Tállai was not informed about the investigation under the jurisdiction of Chief Prosecutor Péter Polt, a press statement issued by the ministry says, according to index.hu. The online daily said Varga has called for an immediate and expedient investigation of the issue.

During its four-year investigation, OLAF said the office found fraudulent invoices and cash payments made by a consultant subcontracting for the former national development agency NFÜ, hvg.hu reported on Sunday. OLAF said the money that was allegedly mishandled was provided by the EU to monitor whether public procurement procedures were carried out in a legal manner. According to OLAF, the case may involve top Hungarian officials responsible for handling EU funds.

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