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Parliamentary questions
23 January 2013
E-000637-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roger Helmer (EFD)

 Subject:  Croatia
 Answer(s) 

Is the Commission aware of the reports that Croatia has lost USD 15.2 billion in illicit financial outflows during the period 2001-2010, through corruption, crime and tax evasion?(1)

According to published reports, significant amounts ended up in the Austrian-based Hypo Alpe Adria Bank and its Liechtenstein branch, which was taken over by Prince Michael von Liechtenstein in 2007(2).

1. Does the Commission know whether the Croatian authorities have requested from the Liechtenstein authorities the names of individuals and amounts of illicit financial outflows? If not, would the Commission consider intervening and requesting this on behalf of Croatia’s taxpayers?

2. Would the Commission agree with me that we should save EU Member State taxpayers’ funds and stop any further financial aid to Croatia until the illicit enrichment allegedly amassed by Croatia’s corrupt politicians is confiscated and the USD 15.2 billion of illicit financial outflows is paid back to Croatia’s treasury?

(1) http://tinyurl.com/bfk58h7
(2) http://tinyurl.com/b4wbqwv

 OJ C 347 E, 28/11/2013
Last updated: 7 February 2013Legal notice