Romanian PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu requested the anti-fraud office DLAF to intensify checks on how EU funds are used across the country, to prevent possible frauds using European money. He quoted reports that some of the funds were ill-spent with support from politicians.

His calls come as most recent reports from DLAF show the number of investigated fraud cases rose dramatically in 2005, compared to the previous year, as remarked by the EC report on Romania last year.

Nastase warned that while the EU funds for Romania will increase to 30 billion euro after the country’s admission in the Union, the boost also meant more responsibilities for Romanian authorities.