Launch of Operation to Safeguard EU’s Recovery Fund
On 15 October 2021, the EU and 19 Member States launched a new framework operation code-named “Sentinel” at the headquarters of Europol in The Hague. The operation will target frauds and other criminal activities against the EU’s post-pandemic support under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). It will focus on proactive intelligence sharing, information exchange and supporting the coordination of operations for at least one year. Next to Europol, the EPPO, OLAF and Eurojust will support the operation. The RRF is the key initiative of the European Commission amounting to €672.5 billion in loans and grants to fight the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 crisis, to support EU citizens and businesses (→ eucrim 3/2020, 174).