Bulgaria Tops OLAF Fraud Investigations List in 2011 Report

Bulgaria Tops OLAF Fraud Investigations List in 2011 Report

Bulgaria has the highest number of new cases of abuse reports from among all EU 27 member states, shows the Annual Operational Report 2011 of EU Anti-Fraud Office OLAF.

A total of 93 new reports of cases were received by the authorities in Bulgaria in 2010, more than in any other EU member state or candidate country, out of a total of 705 such information reports for the EU 27, and 737 for the EU plus candidate countries Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro, FYROM, and Turkey. The referrals for Bulgaria, however, have declined somewhat - from the peak of 144 in 2008 and 94 in 2009.

"The geographical breakdown of incoming information, focusing on EU member states and candidate countries, shows that a significant share of new information continues to relate to a small number of countries," says the OLAF report.

"In 2010, as in 2009, more than 60% of the incoming information concerned suspected fraud and other illegal activities in six Member States (Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Spain). The trend is consistent in most countries with marked increases in 2010 in Romania, Italy and the Czech Republic and marked decreases in Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg."

At the same time, however, OLAF stresses that "it would be wrong to assume that there is more fraud in those countries with the highest occurrence of allegations forwarded to OLAF, as better cooperation can also lead to a higher number of referrals to the Office."/Source: Sofia News Agency/

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