Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) informed the Commission that it decided to open an investigation into the alleged irregularities the Honourable Member is referring to. As the investigation is ongoing, OLAF cannot issue any further comment at this stage. This is in order to protect the confidentiality of ongoing and possible ensuing investigations, subsequent judicial proceedings, personal data and procedural rights. When the findings of an OLAF investigation identify fraud affecting the EU budget, the Office issues recommendations to the relevant EU institutions or national authorities in order to ensure that the funds affected by fraud are recovered and the criminal behaviour is prosecuted.
OLAF is aware of judicial proceedings conducted in Poland as reported by the media. The cooperation with the national authorities is an essential element of OLAF’s investigations
See question(s) : E-000202/2021
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