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Italy: EPPO seizes assets in investigation into farmer suspected of funding fraud

At the request of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Palermo (Italy), a freezing order of over €190 000 was executed last week (5 June 2024) against a farmer suspected of misappropriation of EU agricultural funds. Real estate, equivalent to the value of the estimated damage, has been seized.

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Croatia: Two indicted for bribery and influence trading

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Zagreb (Croatia) has filed an indictment against two Croatian citizens for giving and receiving bribes and for trading in influence, following an investigation into the remediation works of the Sovjak waste pit. 

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EPPO conducts searches in Romania and Spain in probe into €10 million fraud

In an investigation led by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Bucharest (Romania), several searches were carried out in Romania and Spain, as part of an investigation into a €10 million procurement fraud involving EU funds for the modernisation of water infrastructure and the improvement of energy efficiency.

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Italy: EPPO uncovers €18 million VAT fraud involving beverages

At the request of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Rome (Italy), seven individuals were arrested today in Italy, on suspicion of orchestrating an €18 million VAT fraud involving the trade of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza) of Rome and Foggia also executed a freezing order, at the EPPO’s request, targeting bank accounts, real estate and other assets.

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Spain: EPPO takes over judicial investigation into the purchase of Covid-19 protective equipment

On 4 March 2024, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Madrid (Spain) initiated an investigation into possible irregularities affecting public contracts awarded by the health authorities of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands to a single company, for the purchase of medical equipment, including protective masks, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Given that Spain’s Central Court of Investigation No.