OLAF opens investigation on payments for Drumul Taberei subway line

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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) agents are investigating how payments were made for the construction of the subway line 5 (Drumul Taberei).

OLAF agents have checked on Wednesday several documents from the Ministry of Transport regarding the payments made by Metrorex to the building company, according to Government sources quoted by ‘Romania Libera’ newspaper. There are suspicions that the payments were overstated.

The payments allegedly were made with the complicity of some Metrorex employees, according to the quoted source.

The subway line 5  in Bucharest is one of the most eagerly awaited infrastructure projects, but its completion has been postponed several times in recent years.

The EU has offered Romania a budget of EUR 251.8 million from the Cohesion Fund to be invested in the extension of Bucharest subway line 5.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Transport, Lucian Sova, assured that the works on the subway line will not last long and that he does not exclude Metrorex could be transferred under the administration of the Capital City Hall.

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