EU anti-fraud office finds graft in two water projects in Bulgaria

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has investigated several cases of alleged fraud and irregularities that targeted European Union funds meant for water infrastructure and wastewater modernisation projects, OLAF said on November 30.

One case concerned the implementation of a local project in Bulgaria.

OLAF’s investigation found that a wastewater treatment plant that was completed in 2012 as part of the project had in fact never started operating.

The facility was meant to clean and remove contaminants from wastewater, now instead posing a risk to public health and the environment.

Upon closure of the investigation, 4.8 million euro was recommended for recovery, OLAF said.

Another case looked into another water and wastewater project in Bulgaria.

After a tip-off from an anonymous source, OLAF investigated five major construction and supervision contracts within the scope of the project.

Evidence discovered during the investigation suggested that false documents had been submitted during the award process and that subsequent substandard work had been approved during the implementation phase.

A total of 6.9 million euro was recommended for recovery and a judicial recommendation was sent to the Bulgarian authorities, OLAF said.

(Photo: PublicDomainPictures via Wikimedia Commons)

Please support The Sofia Globe’s independent journalism by clicking on the orange button below and signing up to become a supporter via patreon com, for as little as three euro a month or the equivalent in other currencies.

Become a Patron!

The Sofia Globe staff

The Sofia Globe - the Sofia-based fully independent English-language news and features website, covering Bulgaria, the Balkans and the EU. Sign up to subscribe to's daily bulletin through the form on our homepage.