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October 28, 2020

EC: 81 pc of pre-accession funding fraud in Romania, Bulgaria

Eighty-one per cent of all pre-accession funds-related fraud cases in 2009 were identified in Romania and Bulgaria, standing of 93 per cent of the total defrauded value. In 2009, 706 cases of irregularities involving pre-accession funds worth a total of EUR 117 M were reported by national authorities in 14 member states. The report notes a 35 per cent increase in the number of reported cases. However, the rising trend of irregularities is only registered for Bulgaria, being by 134 per cent. The same report indicates that five EU member states – Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia – and a third country, Turkey, in 2009 reported 262 cases of suspected fraud with a financial impact worth EUR 57 M. The biggest number of suspicions was in connection with Bulgaria, and 67 per cent of them were about SAPARD funds. According to the report, Bulgarian suspicions of fraud involving SAPARD funds represent 92 per cent of the total. The yearly report indicates the number of irregularities reported in 2009 about own resources and direct expenditures in 2009 suffered a major downward correction compared to the situation in 2008. In other sectors such as agriculture, cohesion policies and pre-accession funds the number of reported irregularities, alleged fraud included, went up.

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