The Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is paying a working visit to Bulgaria upon invitation of the Minister of Interior and the Prosecutor General
During their meeting Minister Marinov and the OLAF Director-General, Mr. Ville Itälä, stressed the efficient operational cooperation and good interaction between the European Anti-Fraud Office and the national authorities with competences in the protection of the EU financial interests on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. They also outlined the steps for further development and enhancement of the existing mechanisms for information exchange and investigations.
Minister Marinov and Mr. Itälä also discussed also the current state of play of the discussion on amending Regulation 883/2013 concerning investigations conducted by OLAF. They underlined the consistent support of Bulgaria for strengthening the competences of OLAF and for preserving the competences concerning the external investigations and the investigations intoof VAT frauds.
The programme of the visit of Mr. Itälä to Sofia also included also meetings with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, General Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov and SANS Chairman Dimitar Georgiev.
At the end of the day, Mr. Itälä visited the premises of AFCOS Bulgaria and had informal discussions with the team of the directorate.