The European Union has released new information into fraud allegations related to former European Health Commissioner John Dalli, who resigned this week after the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) completed an investigation into the case. Tobacco producer Swedish Match filed a complaint in May 2012, saying that a Maltese businessman tried to gain a financial benefit from the company and offered to give the company the ability to influence EU’s legislation on snus in return.
Giovanni Kessler, Director General of OLAF, said yesterday that Dalli was aware of the attempt by the businessman to request money from Swedish Match in return for influence over legislation, and that he did not do anything to prevent the attempt or report it.
Dalli defended himself in an interview with New Europe and rejected the allegations. He named the businessman as Maltese politician Silvio Zammit. He also said that EC President Manual Barroso asked him to resign and that he did so reluctantly.
Dalli will be replaced on an interim basis by Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the EC.Camilla Andersson