Romania's National Integrity Agency (ANI), a key body in preventing and fighting conflicts of interests, will receive more responsibilities in combating conflicts of interests related to EU funds, an initiative which would be discussed in government session next week, PM Victor Ponta said in an interview with the Romanian-language version of on Friday.

He said it is a joint initiative of several bodies including ANI, by which ANI will run conflict of interests checks prior to the approval of EU-funded projects, based on a system due to be agreed with the European Commission.

His statement comes as several MPs representing the National Liberal Party, which forms the governing coalition along with Ponta's Social Democrats, have been pushing for ANI, a key body in efforts to prevent corruption, to be dismantled.