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Economy

EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE RECOMMENDS TO RECOVER 631 MILLION EUROS

EU’s Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, has recommended to Brussels that it recover 631 million Euros embezzled in 2016, money that will “gradually return to the EU budget” to “finance projects and stimulate growth and employment”, according to Annual report of that body.

The memory of the past year shows trends common to anti-fraud investigations, such as “public tenders are attractive for fraudsters”, increasing “use of opaque accounts to hide illegal profits”, known as offshore accounts, and the fact that “corruption is still an almost universal aspect” in the cases analyzed.

The anti-corruption office in the European institutions received 1,157 indications of possible fraud, 219 investigations were opened and concluded 272 on-going, with an average per case of 18.9 months, a record.

OLAF, whose mandate allows it to investigate any type of project to which European funds are destined, inside or outside the EU, specifies that in Spain the judicial authorities took actions in 38% of the 28 recommendations indicated, down from 44% of the European average.

In its report for 2016, the Office offers some common examples of fraud, such as cases involving textile imports from China and entering the EU by ship through the United Kingdom or Germany by “fraudulently” reducing charges to which should be submitted.

These products then end up in the black markets of France, Spain, Germany or Italy.

From Brussels you have been informed, Javier Albisu of the EFE Agency.

May 31, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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Ejercicio de comprensión B.1 (Comprehension B.1)

Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)

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La noticia habla...
A
de una recomendaciones para evitar el fraude fiscal.
B
del informe realizado por un organismo europeo.
C
de un informe realizado por el Banco Central Europeo.
Question 2
Según el informe...
A
ninguna organización ha utilizado de forma indebida el dinero público.
B
ha habido una apropiación indebida de dinero público.
C
se está reduciendo el fraude fiscal en la UE.
Question 3
Este informe de la OLAF hace referencia...
A
al año pasado.
B
al presente año.
C
al año que viene.
Question 4
España es el país de la UE que tiene más acciones judiciales contra el fraude.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 5
Según el informe...
A
se está reduciendo el número de cuentas opacas en la UE.
B
se está incrementando el número de cuentas para defraudar dinero.
C
todas las cuentas 'offshore' son legales.
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Ejercicio de vocabulario B.1 (Vocabulary B.1)

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'Malversar' es...
A
realizar una mala inversión.
B
destinar o apropiarse del dinero público de forma indebida.
C
declarar las ganancias a Hacienda.
Question 2
Una oficina 'antifraude'...
A
ayuda el fraude.
B
lucha contra el fraude.
C
fomenta el fraude.
Question 3
Algo que es 'ilícito'...
A
es legal.
B
no es legal.
C
cumple con la ley.
Question 4
Un 'defraudador' es...
A
alguien que elude el pago de impuestos.
B
la persona que paga todos sus impuestos.
C
alguien que lucha contra el fraude.
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