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OLAF's relations with the OLAF Supervisory Committee

OLAF's relations with the OLAF Supervisory Committee

The role of the OLAF Supervisory Committee is to "regularly monitor the implementation by the Office of its investigative function, in order to reinforce the Office’s independence in the proper exercise of the competences conferred upon", in accordance with Regulation 883/2013.

OLAF keeps the Supervisory Committee regularly informed of the Office’s activities, the implementation of its investigative function, and action taken by way of follow-up to investigations. In particular, information is periodically transmitted on OLAF's cases lasting more than 12 months, on recommendations issued as a result of OLAF's investigations and on cases sent to judicial authorities of the Member States. In addition, the Supervisory Committee may on request have access to OLAF case files and other additional information for the purpose of systemic analyses in line with its mandate.

Main activities of the OLAF Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee:

  • delivers Opinions to the OLAF Director-General concerning OLAF's activities without, however, interfering with the conduct of investigations in progress;
  • adopts an Annual Report on its activities which is sent to the EU institutions;
  • may submit reports to the EU institutions on the results of OLAF's investigations and the action taken on the basis of those results.

Supervisory Committee Members and Secretariat

  • The Supervisory Committee comprises 5 independent outside experts appointed by common agreement of the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.
  • Members should be independent and may neither seek nor take instructions from any government or any institution, body, office or agency.
  • The mandate of the current Supervisory Committee began in January 2012.
  • The Supervisory Committee elected Mr Tuomas Pöysti as Chairman as of 4 November 2014.
  • In accordance with Regulation 883/2013, to preserve the experience within the Committee, the Members are to be alternately replaced, two Members after three years of the mandate, and the remaining Members after five years of the mandate.
  • The Supervisory Committee is supported in its work by its own Secretariat which functions independently and under the instructions of the Committee. 
  • The European Commission has taken different measures to strengthen the legal independence as regards the management of the Committee's budget and Secretariat. Effective as of 1 January 2016, the responsibility for the implementation of the budgetary appropriations for the Supervisory Committee Members was moved from the Director-General of OLAF to the Commission, by way of an amendment of Decision 1999/352/EC. In addition, the Commission proposed on 4 March 2016 a modification of Regulation 883/2013 (COM(2016) 113 final) which foresees that the Secretariat of the Supervisory Committee will be provided directly by the Commission and no longer by OLAF.

More information can be found on the website of the Supervisory Committee.