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Member States Urged to Step Up in Fight Against Fraud

Roberta Holland | July 23, 2014

Member States have further to go in combating fraud, despite gains made in implementing European Union rules to prevent, detect, and report fraud, according to a report released by the European Commission last week.

The Protection of the European Union’s Financial Interests – Fight Against Fraud 2013 Annual Report details efforts to combat fraud involving EU budget funds as well as the progress made by Member States in implementing the Anti-Fraud Coordination Service (AFCOS) mandated by legislation last year.

Overall, the report found that on the expenditure side, €248 million in EU funds were affected by fraud in 2013, a drop of 21 percent from the previous year.  On the revenue side, suspected or confirmed fraud cost the bloc €61 million, also a decrease of 21 percent from the previous year. Officials credited the improvement in part to measures taken over the past five...

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