BRUSSELS has launched an investigation into the Andalucian budget, after over €200 million of EU funds allegedly ‘vanished’.
The EU’s official corruption investigation will assess how the Andalucian government did spend the funds, which were intended to reduce work place accidents and improve labour policies.
According to reports, the Andalucian government did not maintain health and safety standards put in place to protect their workforce.
One aspect of the investigation will decide whether the government put its staff in danger by allegedly not implementing correct health and safety procedures, despite the money it received to implement them.
Numerous workers and companies have filed complaints to the EU High Commissioner, highlighting the dangerous conditions they were allegedly working in, and that funds intended to improve safety measures never materialised.
One of the complaints alleged that: “One can see how the organisational structure of the whole of the Andalucian government lacks the human and material resources to prevent hazards in the workplace.”
Another aspect the investigation will focus on is what happened to the EU money involved in the ERE slush fund.
Former director of the Andalucian goverment, Antonio Fernandez is currently under scrutiny by the investigation into the ERE slush fund scandal.
Judges investigating the ‘vanished’ funds have suggested that it was stolen.
The EU said in a statement that the government have been unable to ‘dispel the doubts of the Commission’, making the investigation unavoidable.