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28 September 2016
Question for written answer E-007203-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Josef Weidenholzer (S&D) , Frank Engel (PPE) , Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Péter Niedermüller (S&D) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Birgit Sippel (S&D) , Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein (PPE) , Evelyn Regner (S&D) , Kati Piri (S&D) , István Ujhelyi (S&D) , Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) , Knut Fleckenstein (S&D) , Karoline Graswander-Hainz (S&D) , Inés Ayala Sender (S&D) , Cecilia Wikström (ALDE) , Gérard Deprez (ALDE) , Michel Reimon (Verts/ALE) , Jutta Steinruck (S&D) , Olle Ludvigsson (S&D) , Jens Geier (S&D) , Eugen Freund (S&D) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Marju Lauristin (S&D) , Soraya Post (S&D) , Sylvie Guillaume (S&D) , Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann (S&D) , Claude Moraes (S&D) , Christine Revault D'Allonnes Bonnefoy (S&D) , Andrejs Mamikins (S&D) , Cécile Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) , Elly Schlein (S&D) , Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D) , Anna Hedh (S&D) , Constanze Krehl (S&D) , Paul Tang (S&D) , Ana Gomes (S&D) , Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL) , Miltiadis Kyrkos (S&D) , Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) , Victor Boştinaru (S&D) , Udo Bullmann (S&D) , Isabelle Thomas (S&D) , Demetris Papadakis (S&D) , Pervenche Berès (S&D) , Ismail Ertug (S&D) , Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D) , Maria Arena (S&D) , Karin Kadenbach (S&D) , Dariusz Rosati (PPE) , Angelika Mlinar (ALDE) , Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE) , Csaba Molnár (S&D) , Tibor Szanyi (S&D)

 Subject:  Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
 Answer in writing 

The 2015 OLAF report finds that investigations were conducted during a three-year period in 17 cases on the possible fraudulent use of European funds in Hungary. In 14 cases there has been a justified suspicion of embezzlement of EU funds. This means that in over 80% of the investigations funds were misused and recommendations were made.

Taking this into account, the signatories are concerned that large proportions of funds intended for infrastructure and employment programmes have been misused.

One example is a 6km-long train line to the Prime Minister’s countryside home that used EUR 1.9 million of taxpayers’ money. Claims that the line would be used by 2 560 — 7 080 people a day proved highly exaggerated with actual numbers amounting to only 30-50 passengers daily.

1. What steps has the Commission already taken to encourage Hungary to heed the recommendations made in the OLAF report?

2. Is the Commission informed about the activities of the Hungarian authorities and judicial proceedings in these cases, and how will a future EPPO help to better investigate such cases?

3. Can the Commission provide information on the money that has already been recovered and on what further steps will be taken to recover unduly paid funds?

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