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EU to consider making good on sanctions threat against Turkey

EU foreign ministers will evaluate grounds for sanctions against Turkey over a Mediterranean gas dispute on Monday before the bloc’s leaders decide whether to make good on their threat to impose punitive measures. Ministers will not take decisions at their meeting on Monday, leaving that to Thursday’s summit of EU… Read More

New EU Prosecutor’s Office Takes Aim at 50-Billion-Euro-a-Year ‘Carousel Fraud’ Schemes

By Will Neal, OCCRP, 30 November 2020 OCCRP — OCCRP spoke with the head of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office about the challenges in fighting the widespread  — but often-ignored — criminal scheme. “No one’s interested in value-added tax. It’s just not sexy enough.” There’s an edge of… Read More

Greece’s controversial ‘Golden Visas’ are being used to scam Chinese nationals

Mrs Yang* had dreamt of visiting the Parthenon ever since she studied Greek mythology at school, so when a real estate agent in her home country of China approached her with an investment opportunity – a three-bedroom apartment overlooking the Acropolis and Syntagma Square, in the centre of Athens –… Read More
10th November 2020
Pfizer Inc. said it received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s foreign-bribery unit regarding the drugmaker’s operations in China. The inquiry was disclosed in Pfizer’s third-quarter financial statement, which was filed with regulators Thursday. It follows other informal requests for information by the SEC and the… Read More
29th October 2020
Former minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos, his wife and his cousin were found guilty of money laundering by a criminal appeals court on Tuesday. Each was served a six-year sentence and a 100,000-euro fine, but they were set free on 20,000-euro bails each, as their sentences were suspended. They were also banned… Read More
22nd October 2020
The European Union’s executive said on Tuesday it was launching legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their investor citizenship programmes, also known as “golden passport” schemes. The schemes allow wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship in exchange for an investment of around 1 million euros in Malta and 2 million… Read More
6th October 2020
Sir Malcolm Rifkind had been more used to summoning ambassadors than visiting them. His spell as Foreign Secretary had been cut short, however, by a Conservative electoral collapse. Having lost his Commons seat too, in the first summer of the new millennium Rifkind approached the Czech embassy, a prize-winning concrete… Read More
2nd October 2020
The European Union reached an early morning deal Friday to advance a sanctions package on Belarus in coming days after Cyprus and Greece won the bloc’s backing on a statement demanding an end to Turkish drilling in what they claim as their waters, leaders said. The Belarus sanctions, which will… Read More
28th September 2020
The number of British entrepreneurs looking to “buy” citizenship from countries offering visa-free access to the European Union has risen sharply, investment migration firms say, as prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the bloc darken. Investment immigration firm Astons said it had seen a 50% and 30%… Read More
6th August 2020
At first glance, the shipping trailers that arrived at the Italian port of Salerno appeared to contain only paper, rolled up on giant industrial spools as tall as a man. But when an investigator sliced into one of the rolls with an electric saw, he unleashed an avalanche of little… Read More
26th June 2020
Novartis AG and a former subsidiary of the Swiss drugmaker agreed to pay a combined $347 million to resolve allegations that the companies ran schemes to bribe public hospitals and clinics in Greece, Vietnam and South Korea, U.S. authorities said Thursday. The settlements with Novartis and its former… Read More
3rd June 2020
The Trump administration Tuesday tightened its web of sanctions around the Maduro regime in Venezuela, blacklisting four companies allegedly involved in the country’s oil sector. By sanctioning the firms and their vessels, which are registered in the Marshall Islands and Greece, the U.S. Treasury Department is attempting to cut… Read More
11th March 2020
By Will Neal OCCRP — Investigators in more than 15 countries have seized almost 36 million units of medical drugs in a coordinated sting on European groups trafficking black market and counterfeit medications. Operation Misused Medicines (MisMed), backed by Europol and now in its third phase, took place between… Read More