Three Italians, including an EU official, have been arrested and held in custody as part of a European Commission corruption probe. The three were arrested for suspected fraud involving EU building tenders following an investigation by the EU’s independent anti-fraud agency OLAF.
“We’re certainly talking about millions of euros. You have to take into account that the investigation has only just begun. It was underway for three years but it’s only now that we can exploit what was learned yesterday,” Brussel’s prosecutor spokesman Jos Colpin said.
Those arrested are a 46-year-old EU civil servant and a 60 year old assistant to a European Parliament member – as well as a private company director. Their names have not been released. Yesterday, police raided 30 premises across France, Italy and Luxembourg, including the European Commission offices and the European Parliament in Brussels.