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December 2, 2020

DLAF: Cases of fraud in EU-financed projects grew in 2011

The Fight Against Fraud Department (DLAF) inspectors have discovered irregularities and fraud in projects implemented in Romania with European funds worth approximately EUR 30 M, a value ten times higher than the one registered the year before. According to the 2011 review published on the institution’s website and quoted by Mediafax, in 2011 DLAF operated 178 controls. 53 of them were already in progress at the start of the year, the rest starting in 2011. 97 of them were completed by the end of the year. Clues pertaining to fraud were discovered in 53 cases, irregularities were discovered in 7 cases and 37 cases were closed with no confirmation of wrong doing. The total value of checked projects stood at EUR 247,140,915, while the total financial impact of the irregularities and possible frauds discovered totaled EUR 28,883,658.88. By comparison, in 2010 DLAF had checked projects whose total value stood at EUR 58,361,949 and discovered frauds and irregularities totaling EUR 2,781,114. 79 DLAF reports were forwarded to the National Anticorruption Office (DNA) and 1 to the Ploiesti Court of Appeals’ Prosecutor’s Office. The reports were used as evidence in 16 indictments on whose basis 37 persons were sent to court. Of the 53 cases in which DLAF suspected fraud in 2011, 46 were in the private sector and 15 in the public administration sector. The other cases consisted of both private sector and public sector frauds. In its 2011 review the DLAF stressed its cooperation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), an aspect repeatedly praised by European officials.

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