The case of the so-called OGI (OpenGovIntelligence) project at Tallinn University of Technology has been closed, when the investigation conducted by the Northern District Prosecutor’s Office failed to find evidence of deliberate criminal acts.
The investigation was the last enquiry conducted by Estonian law enforcement agencies and institutions in the case of the OGI project of the Ragnar Nurkse Department, where the Northern District Prosecutor’s Office investigated the activities of Robert Krimmer, a former professor at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Tallinn University of Technology.
The prosecutor’s office has no accusations to make against the university nor Robert Krimmer, and the investigation has revealed that the actions of the university and Robert Krimmer have been lawful.
The case began in the summer of 2019, when an informant contacted journalists at the newspaper Postimees to present information about alleged misuse of EU funds in the OGI project to the public. The investigation of the university itself was concluded in October, with the investigative committee finding that a violation of the university’s rules had taken place, but failing to find evidence of deliberate violation of the funding rules.
Tallinn University of Technology has drawn lessons from this case and improved procedures; also, phone and tip lines have been set up for submitting and verifying tips.