The European Anti-Fraud Office is also known as OLAF, from its French name: Office de Lutte Anti-Fraude.
"Task Force for the Co-ordination of fraud prevention" (UCLAF) created as part of the Secretariat-General of the European Commission.
UCLAF worked alongside national anti-fraud departments and provided the coordination and assistance needed to tackle transnational organised fraud.
UCLAF’s powers gradually increased following recommendations by the EU Parliament.
UCLAF authorised to launch investigations on its own initiative, on the basis of information from various sources.
All Commission departments were required to inform UCLAF of any suspected instances of fraud within their areas of responsibility.