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May 9, 2021

OLAF, national authorities to cooperate in case of MEPs charged with acts of corruption

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) organized, on Friday, in Brussels, a meeting between representatives of the institution and prosecutors from the countries of origin of the MEPs accused of taking bribes in exchange for backing certain bills. We remind our readers the MEPs in question are the Romanian Adrian Severin (ex-Social Democrat Party member), the Austrian Conservative Ernst Strasser and the former Slovenian Foreign Minister, Zoran Thaler. “OLAF, in collaboration with Eurojust, hosted a meeting with national prosecutors who investigate the charges, to exchange opinions and to be able to pursue the investigations successfully,” a release by the European Commission informs.

Nevertheless, the release does not provide too many details regarding the topics on the agenda and the conclusions of the meeting. The release quotes the director general of OLAF, Giovanni Kessler, who argues that, given that parallel investigations are conducted in Brussels and in the MEPs’ countries of origin, it is essential that the investigators work together “as closely as possible.

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