EU allocates large funds to help combat fraud affecting EU budget
The new EU Anti-Fraud Programme will make a tangible contribution to boosting the fight against fraud and corruption to the detriment of the EU budget. Reinforcing cooperation between Member States enforcers and providing them with state of the art investigative tools can make all the difference in identifying fraudsters, stopping smugglers, or preventing corruption in procurement procedures, commented Günther Öttinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.
Examples of successful projects in the Hercule III Programme that is to be replaced now include
- the funding of digital forensic equipment;
- funding for the training of sniffer dogs; and
- the development of advanced IT tools used to help detect anomalies in trade flows and to uncover major cases of import fraud.
The Programme will also support the joint investigative efforts of Member States' customs authorities, since such joint operations are key in dismantling criminal networks operating across borders. The Programme is expected to bring significant added-value by complementing and supporting national efforts to counter fraud and corruption.