Ukip group fails in bid to restore EU funding amid fraud inquiry

Institute for Direct Democracy denied funds as EU’s anti-fraud office investigates ‘irregularities’

A political group linked to Ukip has lost a legal attempt to restore EU funds that were suspended over fraud allegations, adding to financial pressure on Eurosceptic parties.

The European court of justice rejected an appeal by the Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe for the release of €670,655 (£587,389) in EU funds, which the organisation had been denied, pending an investigation by Olaf, the EU’s anti-fraud office.

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