The EPPO has just been running for three months and has opened 300 cases in that time. Some of these have been taken over from national prosecutors, but a significant proportion are the result of new reports, a spokesperson told business newspaper FT.
The first chief public prosecutor of the EPPO announced when she started to expect many VAT fraud cases, also in the Netherlands. It was already last month. In the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Hungary, companies were searched in a case that could have left the EU 14 million euros, chief prosecutor Laura Kövesi reported. Hungary is one of the five countries that does not participate in the EPPO, but can still be included in cross-border cases.
The EPPO is also investigating a Czech scam involving false applications for EU grants for scientific research.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office can open criminal investigations into corruption, money laundering, cross-border VAT fraud and other offenses involving European money. It is often still difficult for EU countries to tackle cross-border crime.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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