OLAF: No Irregularities at Bulgaria's State Enterprise Radioactive Waste

Energy | August 26, 2013, Monday // 16:08|  views

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The EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, has found no violations in the activities of Bulgaria's State Enterprise Radioactive Waste (SE-RAW) related to the absorption of EU funds under different projects of SE-RAW.

The findings are included in an official letter of Petra Kneuer, director of investigations of OLAF, to the executive director of SE-RAW, Dilyan Petrov, in which OLAF informs that the probe at SE-RAW has been terminated.

OLAF conducted a probe at SE-RAW in the period March 5-8, 2013 on a tip-off concerning "irregularities and suspected double funding by SE-RAW in the implementation of Agreement #16C* on granting financial assistance.

The agreement concerns the provision of funding for the salaries of officials of the closed units 1 and 2 of the Kozloduy NPP, who were subsequently transferred to SE-RAW.

The OLAF team which conducted the probe at SE-RAW included experts from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which administers the funds under the Kozloduy International Decommissioning Support Fund (KIDSF).

"On the basis of the findings, the Director-General of OLAF decided to terminate the investigation. Due to the fact that no evidence was found of fraud or other irregularities injuring the financial interests of the EU, OLAF does not recommend any follow-up activities," the letter says.

The final report on the matter has been sent to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, according to SE-RAW.

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Tags: OLAF, anti-fraud office, EU funds, state enterprise, radioactive waste, Kozloduy NPP, Kozloduy International Fund


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