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March 6, 2021

26 M euro fraud through ‘interventions’ in agriculture

National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors raided the Agency for Payments and Interventions in Agriculture (APIA) on Monday, where they suspected fraud involving European funds. A total of 18 addresses in the counties of Dambovita, Ilfov, Giurgiu and Bucharest were searched, three of them being public institutions and the rest being residential addresses of individuals or company offices.
The damage calculated is 26 million euro, European money.
DNA issued a release on Monday informing that the anticorruption prosecutors had conducted investigations in a criminal case following suspicions of offences assimilated to those of corruption and against the interests of the European Union, committed in 2012.
The estimated damage caused to the general EU budget is 26 million euro and the heads of API institutions are directly concerned in the investigation.
The prosecutors have closely cooperated with the European Office against Fraud (OLAF) representatives who provided operational support for the documentation of the case.
APIA is an institution subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development currently headed by Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin (photo).
The minister had a first reaction on Monday, after the DNBA searches at the APIA offices in Bucharest and Ilfov.
‘This is a 2012 case reported by myself and APIA to all the state institutions at the time. It is a Bulgarian company that, after winning a tendering procedure, never delivered the goods. As far as I know, APIA is in a recovery process. Apart from recovering the money, our reports were for identifying those who followed the procedure and, learning about the searches today, I hope they have got to the bottom of it’, said Daniel Constantin.

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