From COVID to waste, EU anti-fraud office wants bloc to recover over €500 million
Euronews says the European Union’s Anti-Fraud office recommended this year that more than €500 million of EU funds be recovered.
In OLAF’s report on its investigations in 2021, they said that some of the most serious fraud investigated was related to waste and COVID-19.
Around 800 tonnes of waste were seized in Italy in 2021, including industrial waste that was about to be shipped to non-European countries such as Malaysia.
Ville Itala, OLAF’s director-general, said that “fraudsters continued to try to take advantage of COVID-19”.
“We exposed the fraudster’s scam attempts as they tried to approach national authorities with bogus offers of vaccines worth over €16 billion,” Itala said.
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