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OLAF sinks Frida Krifca and the management chain of AZHBR, this is the corrupt scheme they used to steal agricultural funds, from fake contracts, to applicants who pay a high percentage to win, this is how money was stolen with consulting companies, funding is suspended for IPARD III

OLAF sinks Frida Krifca and the management chain of AZHBR, this is the corrupt

The European Anti-Fraud Office, commonly known as OLAF, has revealed the fraud with the funds of the IPARD program in Albania, a scandal that broke out a year ago, where the former Minister of Agriculture Frida Krifca and other high officials of AZHBR. OLAF is a body mandated by the European Union (EU) for the protection of the financial interests of the countries of the union and was set in motion by a denunciation sent by Albania, which showed the scheme of stealing funds for agriculture and giving them to people in power , or related to the government.

Report

A part of the report on the abuse of funds has been published on the official website of this EU institution. OLAF clarifies that applicants for IPARD II were obliged to pay a large percentage of their grant to "pre-selected" consulting companies, which would then facilitate contracts with the Albanian Agency for Rural Development and Agriculture (AZBR), and which distributed the funds. After a series of complex investigative steps, including digital forensic searches of documents related to IPARD II recipients, AZHBR and other economic operators, OLAF discovered some serious irregularities during the grant awarding phase and the implementation of some projects. These irregularities included: - Applicants being required to pay a significant portion of their grant to a local consulting company; - Contracts that are awarded without competition, or through a manipulated competition (with false offers being submitted); - Inflated prices and violation of contractual rules. Following its investigation, OLAF recommended that the European Commission consider part of the funding of the First and Second IPARD II Calls for Applications of €33 million as ineligible. The program was created to help modernize the Albanian agricultural sector in line with EU standards and achieve progress towards EU membership.

IPARD III is blocked

OLAF further recommended that the EU prevent 112 million euros of future funding (IPARD III) for Albania from unnecessary spending, until corrective measures are put in place to protect the EU's financial interests from any illegal activity. The European Anti-Fraud Office has investigated serious allegations involving the misuse of EU funds from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for Rural Development (IPARD II) in Albania. Based on the possible criminal activities discovered during the investigation, OLAF also sent a copy of its findings to the judicial authorities of Albania.

Frida Krifca to handcuffs

"SOT" newspaper reported a few days ago that the first ex-minister to be endangered is Frida Krifca. While SPAK has requested information on whether criminal proceedings have been registered for Krifca and for what criminal offense, the Special Prosecutor's Office has given the answer that they are continuing to investigate abuses of IPARD funds by AZHBR. "Following the communication, as well as in response to your request for information, we inform you that the Special Prosecutor's Office is conducting investigations regarding the distribution of IPARD program funds by AZHBR. The criminal procedure in question is still in the stage of preliminary investigations. Based on Article 279/1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the investigative documents and their content constitute an investigative secret," says SPAK.

KLSH report

The abuses of AZHBR were found in 2019 by KLSH. In their report, it was stated that in the Rural Agricultural Development Agency, the former director Frida Krifca, has committed numerous financial abuses in the administrative and agricultural budget of the farmers. He has kept secret the disappearance of contracts for investment and reconstruction of regional offices of AZHBR, with a value of over 200 million ALL, as well as the disappearance of the 135 million ALL contract, with the object "Study of the olive fly"; for which criminal prosecution has been requested. In violation of the law, by personal order as the director of AZHBR, Frida Krifca has used 25% of the fund of agricultural and livestock giants, for misleading advertisements to donors and farmers. A serious violation is the non-action for 2 billion new loans granted and not repaid, calling them "irreparable losses", when businesses are active and have many assets; while these values ??have not been used for agro-agricultural businesses. Despite the fact that the law stipulates that grants are given only to farmers, it turns out that 70% of the value was taken by businessmen in construction and transport, even by tower builders. HLSH has established that 30 lawsuits were filed in court against the debtors, but by order of the former director Frida Krifca, they were only asked to terminate the contract and not to return the millions given to them, while the AZHBR was subsequently withdrawn from the lawsuits. In the report, it is stated that in the account of the Rural Agricultural Development Agency for the years 2017-2018, 2.1 million Euros of interest are missing, for which there is no documentation.

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