OLAF Revealed Irregularities in Hungarian Waste Management Project
2 December 2022
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In November 2022, OLAF closed investigations into an EU-funded waste management project in Hungary. OLAF recommended that the European Commission recover almost €11 million spent from the EU’s budget. The EU supported the establishment of a plant to produce compostable waste in an efficient and environmental-friendly way. OLAF’s investigations revealed that several project targets and objectives were not fulfilled and that even dangers were caused by the operators. In addition, due to regular breakdowns of the waste treatment technology, large quantities of untreated biological waste were disposed of illegally. Consequently, OLAF also issued a so-called administrative recommendation for the improvement of checks on the compliance of certain aspects of EU-funded projects and on the fulfilment of their targets.

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Thomas Wahl

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (MPI CSL)

Public Law Department

Senior Researcher