OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission.

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OLAF in figures

Since its foundation in 1999, OLAF completed 3 500 investigations which resulted in:

  • Over €1.1 billion recovered to the EU budget and
  • A cumulative of 900 years of prison sentences


Fraud prevention

Drawing on its accumulated knowledge and experience, OLAF helps the authorities responsible for managing EU funds – inside and outside the EU – to understand fraud types, trends, threats and risks, and to protect the EU's financial interests by preventing fraud of all kinds.


Hercule Programmes

The Hercule Programmes fund actions which aim to prevent and combat fraud, corruption and other illegal activities affecting the EU's financial interests. Actions eligible for funding include technical and operational investigation support, specialised trainings, research activities and they are implemented via grants and contracts.


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