2019-08-30 BUCHAREST -
The need of Italian mafia networks to carry out vast money-laundering operations took them to Romania and Bulgaria.
They set up companies that not only succeeded in flying under the radar but also won government contracts. For several months, our grantees Catalin Prisacariu, Sorin Ozon and Stanimir Vangelov investigated how the two countries got more and more appealing for the consiglieri, who were looking for safe destinations for their "dirty money."
Located at the very border of the European Union, Romania and Bulgaria deal with internal rule of law and judiciary issues. They proved, however, to be a haven for Italian businessmen who have set up dozens of companies in order to introduce money, obtained through illegal means in Italy or elsewhere, into the financial system.