Prime Minister Boyko Borissov Met with Director General of OLAF, Ville Itala

Diplomacy | June 27, 2019, Thursday // 15:24|  views


,,For Bulgaria, the partnership with the European Anti-Fraud Office is of utmost importance'', Prime Minister Boyko Borissov noted during the meeting with the Director General of OLAF, Ville Itala, at the Council of Ministers, the press service of the Cabinet announced.

This is the first official working visit of ITALY in Bulgaria since the start of his mandate, which started in August last year, is noted in the announcement.

The Director-General of OLAF said he was impressed by the achievements of the Bulgarian government in the fight against smuggling and congratulated Prime Minister Borissov. Itala has expressed hope that the excellent cooperation between the Bulgarian offices and OLAF will continue in the future.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov noted that he is confident that the current visit will be fruitful and will enable Ville Italla to get acquainted with the work of the Bulgarian partners of OLAF. Borissov highlighted the constructive interaction between Bulgaria and the European Anti-Fraud Office.

,,Of course, and in the best possible cooperation, there is always the potential for upgrading and better results'', the prime minister was categorical. In his words, opportunities and concrete actions can be sought in this direction. Borissov paid special attention to the importance of the active exchange of operational information.

Prime Minister Borissov has focused on the new Anti-Fraud Strategy, which the European Commission adopted at the end of April.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister has expressed hope that the strategy will make a major contribution to improving the existing system for preventing, detecting and sanctioning fraud affecting the EU budget. Borissov pointed out that the main aspects of the updated strategy will be taken into account at the national level as well.

The Bulgarian Prime Minister has added that our country is implementing its National Strategy for Prevention and Fight against Irregularities and Fraud for the period 2014-2020, and a new document for the period 2021-2027 is to be developed. An Annual Action Plan implementation of the current strategy, which aims to improve prevention, increase effectiveness in detecting and counteracting irregularities and fraud and strengthen cooperation with competent institutions in the field. It also aims to increase the effectiveness of investigations, recovery and sanctions.

Borissov added that our country is in full compliance with its obligations to report irregularities on European funds and programs. A regulatory basis has been established to ensure that any information giving rise to suspicion of an irregularity is checked and taken into account.

During the talks, Prime Minister Borissov pointed out that Bulgaria consistently supports proposals to strengthen OLAF's capacity and create a regulatory framework for effective cooperation between the European Public Prosecutor's Office and the European Anti-Fraud Office.

According to Prime Minister Borisov, it is very important to finalize the work on the amendment of Regulation 883/2013, which concerns precisely the investigations carried out by OLAF.

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