EU to check if Lukashenka misused funds

The European Union doubts that Alyaksandr Lukashenka could use the EU financial aid for his own enrichment. DW has turned to European officials for comment.

“The EU funds are not to be used for Lukashenka’s personal enrichment and welfare,” MEP and member of the Committee on Budget Control Viola von Kraman-Taubadel told DW. She also assured that she would initiate an appropriate check in Parliament.

DW also sent an official request to the European Union and received an answer.

“Opinions, circulating in the media, that EU aid has gone to buildings or residences of Lukashenka’s regime are completely unfounded and groundless,” reads the answer of EU representative for neighborhood and enlargement Ana Pisonero.

Earlier, the investigative film of Stsyapan Putsila’s project “Golden Bottom” stated that the money, given by the EU for environmental projects, was used for the residences of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

It was also alleged that people from Lukashenka’s entourage used the EU loans to build real estate and sold it for a higher rate. Allegedly, the difference was taken by Lukashenka and his acquaintances.