Kovesi: No EU Country Without Corruption. Mafia Shifts to EU Fund and VAT Frauds


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In an interview given to Politico 2 years after assuming the mandate at the head of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruța Kovesi warns in an interview to Politico about financial crime, which has become ubiquitous in the EU, saying there is a “re-shift from mafias, who have turned their eyes on EU subsidies and VAT fraud.”
“Europe is losing more than €50 billion per year only with this type of criminality,” Kovesi stated.

One of the major targets is the Recovery and Resilience Facility, set up in the wake of the Covid pandemic to dole out huge sums of cash to help countries get back on their feet. Hundreds of such cases are currently being investigated by EPPO.

“Whenever there is organized crime, like a big market to buy illegal drugs, there is widespread corruption … and there’s no clean country in that perspective,” Kovesi said.

EPPO also opened a case related to vaccine procurements following hundreds of complaints from citizens about Pfizergate (a controversy surrounding Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and what was said in text messages she reportedly exchanged with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in advance of the EU signing its biggest Covid vaccine contract with the company).

Kovesi assured that if her team comes under “pressure in any case, you will find out because this will be public.”

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1 Comment
  1. Panagiotis Spyridis says

    Covesi is a promising bright future for Romania. She will return and lead here.

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