The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) can confirm the information, which has become public and was confirmed by the Belgian Federal Prosecution Service, that an employee of the European Commission has been questioned and summoned by the Belgian judicial authorities. The national criminal investigation was begun following an administrative inquiry conducted by OLAF. The individual concerned, who is not an EU official, is a national of an EU Member State employed in the European Commission's delegation in Ukraine. He is suspected of having solicited illegal commissions from tenderers during a procurement procedure.
administrative inquiry was started at
the end of 2005 in response to initial
information concerning a procurement
procedure for projects to improve energy
supplies in Ukraine following the closure
of the Chernobyl nuclear power station.
In the course of this procurement procedure,
for a contract worth nearly €19 million,
one company was offered "assistance"
to win the contract in exchange for an
illegal commission of 4% of the total value.
The company concerned, working with a risk
analysis firm, reported the matter to OLAF.
the basis of the initial allegation,
OLAF launched an inquiry and collected
evidence which it then passed on to the
Belgian Federal Prosecution Service.
The judicial proceedings are currently
administrative inquiry is now focusing
on other public contracts in which the
same individual might have been
During the judicial proceedings, OLAF
has been able to assist the authorities
involved, particularly the Belgian
Federal Police's Central Anti-Corruption
Office, which is in charge of the investigation.
On OLAF's initiative, EUROJUST has been
brought into the case to coordinate the work of the judicial authorities involved in the investigation.
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