EPPO Opens 215 Fraud Cases in Romania, Totaling €1.8 Billion in Damages

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The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), led by Romanian former anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruța Kovesi, opened in 2023 in Romania 215 files related to the fraud of European funds, with a total damage estimated at 1.87 billion euros, according to the official report. Overall, EPPO has 260 active investigations in Romania, with a total damage of almost 2 billion euros.

29 people have already been indicted in Romania in the files made by the EPPO, and in 7 files simplified procedures were registered, in which the defendants admitted their guilt.

European prosecutors received 331 referrals from national prosecutors’ offices, 20 from individuals/companies, 15 from various European institutions, and one referral was ex officio.

EPPO has already recorded 7 final convictions in Romania and has no acquittals. Most cases concern fraud with regional development funds, followed by fraud with agricultural projects and National Recovery and Resilience Plan funds.

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