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Latvia: EPPO probes into possible fraud involving municipality of Valmiera

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(Luxembourg, 13 September 2023) On 12 September 2023, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) in Riga (Latvia), in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), carried out searches in 20 locations, in a probe into possible fraud involving State officials of the municipality of Valmiera.

Together with representatives of several companies, they are suspected of committing illegal actions to obtain more than €4 million from the European Regional Development Fund, for a project implemented by the municipality.

The investigation is still ongoing and we cannot give any other information at this stage.

The EPPO is the independent public prosecution office of the European Union. It is responsible for investigating, prosecuting and bringing to judgment crimes against the financial interests of the EU.