Public Prosecutor’s Office: Hungary Prosecutes More OLAF Cases Than EU Average


Hungary prosecutes 67% of the cases investigated by the European Union’s anti-fraud body OLAF, close to twice the European Union average of 37%, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has said.


The 2020 annual report of OLAF shows that the body’s recommendations directed at Hungary had fallen from ten in 2016 to six in 2017, four in 2018, three in 2019 and two last year. Several of the recommended cases were already being investigated at the time of the recommendation, the office said, adding that Péter Polt, Hungary’s chief prosecutor, met Ville Itala, OLAF’s Director-General, in Budapest at the end of January. Cooperation and an effective exchange of information on the misuse of EU funds remains a priority, and the two bodies will work out an agreement on further strengthening their professional cooperation which is set to be finalised soon, the statement said.

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