The European Commission said Tuesday that it has identified potentially serious allegations related to one of the humanitarian projects being implemented by a partner in Greece, and another allegation concerning potential financial corruption by these staff members.
The European Commission said in a statement that it has in place a thorough mechanism to monitor and ensure that its humanitarian funding worldwide is implemented in full respect of all humanitarian principles and sound financial management.
“Although these remain allegations under investigation, the Commission is taking them very seriously,” the European Commission said. “We take a zero tolerance approach to any abuse of the rights and personal integrity of all refugees and migrants as well as to any misuse of funds.”
The European Commission said its primary concern is the welfare of the potential victims.
“Accordingly, we shall ensure that immediate support is provided to them,” the European Commission said, adding, “We have already informed the Greek authorities and submitted the case to OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office for immediate investigation.”
Steps are being taken to suspend payments to the partner until the investigation is concluded, the European Commission said.