Supervisory Committee

Members 

Members (from left to right)Mr Herbert Bösch, Mr. Tuomas Pöysti (Chairman),
Mr. Johan DenolfMs. Catherine PignonMr. Dimitrios Zimianitis 

OLAF's Supervisory Committee was established to reinforce and guarantee OLAF’s independence by regularly monitoring the implementation of OLAF's investigative function.

The OLAF Supervisory Committee, as of 4 November 2014, elected Mr. Tuomas Pöysti as Chairman.

NEWS

The Supervisory Committee Chairman's reply to some specific questions following the Supervisory Committee Annual Report, 2014 pdf - 95 KB [95 KB]

Statement by the Chairman of the OLAF Supervisory Committee on the main points of the Supervisory Committee 2014 Annual Report pdf - 488 KB [488 KB]

Chairman' s Speaking Notes - Presentation of the 2014 Annual Report of the OLAF Supervisory Committee pdf - 499 KB [499 KB]

Activity Report of the OLAF Supervisory Committee – 2014  pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]

Members

The Committee comprises 5 independent outside experts  (with the qualifications required in their respective countries for senior posts relating to OLAF's work) appointed by common agreement of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission for 5 years.

Members are independent and may neither seek nor take instructions from any government or any institution, body, office or agency.

Secretariat

The Supervisory Committee is supported in its work by its own Secretariat consisting of lawyers, investigators and assistants carrying out the daily monitoring of OLAF's investigative activities.  The Secretariat, whilst situated within the structure of OLAF, functions independently and under the instructions of the Supervisory Committee as outlined in its Rules of Procedure.

Our Role

  • OLAF's Supervisory Committee was established to reinforce and guarantee OLAF’s independence by regularly monitoring the implementation of OLAF's investigative function.
  • The Supervisory Committee delivers opinions to the OLAF Director General at the request of the Director or on its own initiative concerning OLAF's activities without, however, interfering with the conduct of investigations in progress.
  • The Supervisory Committee delivers a yearly opinion on the preliminary draft budget submitted by OLAF.
  • The Supervisory Committee adopts its own rules of procedure.
  • The Supervisory Committee is to be kept regularly informed of OLAF's activities, its investigations, the results thereof and the action taken on them.
  • The Supervisory Committee adopts an annual report on its activities which is sent to the EU institutions.
  • The Supervisory Committee may submit reports to the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission and the Court of Auditors on the results of OLAF's investigations and the action taken thereon.
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