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New EU-wide operation to target fraud against COVID-19 recovery funds launched – Europol Chief says preventing cross-border crime is ‘at the heart of Europol’s mandate’

Europol Executive Director - Catherine de Bolle

By Elizabeth Hearst for AMLi

A new EU-wide operation to tackle fraud of COVID-19 EU recovery funds to combat the “direct threat” posed to the “financial well-being” of the bloc, has been launched. 

Operation Sentinel, launched on Friday, involves collaboration between Europol, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), Eurojust, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and 19 EU Member States. 

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