The European Union budget finances a wide range of programmes and projects which improve the lives of citizens across the EU and beyond. Improper use of funds provided by the Union budget or the evasion of the taxes, duties and levies, which fund the Union budget directly harms European citizens and prejudices the entire European project.
While it has an individual independent status for the investigative function, OLAF is also part of the European Commission, under the responsibility of Algirdas ŠemetaAll available translations., Commissioner in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud.
The mission of the European Anti-Fraud Office is threefold:
By performing its mission as effectively as possible OLAF contributes to the efforts made by the EU Institutions to guarantee that the best use is made of taxpayers’ money.
OLAF has budgetary and administrative autonomy, designed to make it operationally independent.
OLAF is empowered to conduct in full independence:
OLAF is receiving an increasing quantity of information about possible frauds and irregularities, from a wide range of sources. In most cases this information results from controls by those responsible for managing EU funds within the Institutions or in the Member States.
All allegations received by OLAF undergo an initial assessment to determine whether the allegation falls within the remit of the Office and meets the criteria for opening an investigation.
When a case is opened, it is classified under one of the following four categories:
OLAF management plan 2014 [251 KB]
Management plan 2014 [251 KB]