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The Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Mr. Giovanni Kessler is in Bulgaria for the 14-th EPAC/EACN Annual Professional Conference

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On 18 November 2014, the Minister of Interior, Mr. Veselin Vuchkov, met the Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office.

During the briefing at the Ministry of Interior Mr. Giovanni Kessler said that the existing cooperation between Bulgaria and OLAF is a message for the commitment of the Bulgarian government for the achievement of concrete results in the fight against fraud and irregularities.

The excellent cooperation between Bulgaria and OLAF will continue, said Minister Vesselin Vuchkov after the meeting with the OLAF Director-General.

Minister Vuchkov expressed the unequivocal position that the place of AFCOS Directorate within the Ministry of Interior will remain unchanged regardless of the upcoming legislative changes. He said that the Ministry has serious expertise recognized by the Supreme Cassation Prosecutor's Office for combating fraud with EU funds. The Minister noted his satisfaction that the new European Commission and the new Vice-President Ms. Kristalina Georgieva have shown committed attitude towards the fight against fraud. The Minister of Interior reiterated the unchanged support of Bulgaria for establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office to combat fraud with EU funds at EU level.

The OLAF Director-General pointed out that the meeting with the Minister of Interior Mr. Vesselin Vuchkov confirmed the commitments of the Ministry of Interior in the fight against fraud a swell as the investigation in this field. “We are glad to see a government that is committed to these issues and supports OLAF” said Kessler and noted that the established relationship with Bulgaria in the investigation of fraud and corruption are very good. The OLAF Director-General also added that the common interest is to protect the financial interests of the EU citizens and it is important for both EU and Bulgaria. He stressed that the cooperation in this direction is the message of commitment for the investigation, detection and prosecution of fraud aimed at the achievement real results.

After his meeting with the Minister Vuchkov, Giovanni Kessler visited the AFCOS Directorate. The OLAF Director-General expressed his satisfaction with the work of the Directorate as a national contact point with the European Anti-Fraud Office. Mr. Kessler expressed his thankfulness for the excellent cooperation and the established good practices in the common collaboration.

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