Claims are growing louder in Hungary that associates of Prime Minister Viktor Orban have profited illegally from EU funds. European anti-fraud investigators and journalists in Hungary have turned up irregularities in infrastructure procurements.
The European Parliament has backed new rules to protect whistleblowers from reprisals. European Union lawmakers say they want to look out for those people who bring scandals to light.
The east European state's six-month presidency starts as its most powerful politician Liviu Dragnea sues the European Commission over fraud accusations. EU auditors say more needs to be done to fight fraud.
Romania's justice minister is aiming to stop his own compatriot from heading the EU prosecutor's office. Critics say the move is another example of the Romanian government blocking the work of anti-corruption officials.
The high demand for residency and citizenship in EU member states has created a market for corrupt national officials to forge documents and pocket the money. Governments even profit on selling citizenship or residency.
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