OLAF: Big concentration of suspected false claims in Hungary

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jessica fejos

European Union funds provided to fraudulent claimants last year reached approximately €1 billion, with the biggest concentration of false claims allegedly coming from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, an annual report published yesterday by European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) shows, according to Reuters.

The report from OLAF states that €888 million in funds were probably disbursed to dishonest claimants in 2015, dropping from the previous year’s €901 million, Reuters reported. 

Last year OLAF launched 45 procedures related to fraudulent claims; Bulgaria had 19 such procedures, while Hungary had 17, according to Hungarian online daily 444.hu. OLAF received 21 reports from Hungary on suspected false claims, 20 from the private sector and one from the public sector, 444.hu added.

Out of the global €888 mln, OLAF was only able to get countries to pay back 187.3 mln. OLAF did not disclose the amount of EU funds in question for Hungary, 444.hu said.

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