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In the E.U.



  • OLAF and OAFCN at the Open Day - 7 May 2011


  • Operation Sirocco - Around 40 million cigarettes, 1 243kg of hand-rolled tobacco, 7 038 litres of alcohol and 8 million other counterfeit items including clothing, shoes, toys and electronics, were seized during a joint customs cooperation, coordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). “Operation Sirocco”, which also led to the arrest of 3 suspected cigarette traffickers, was a joint project carried out by the EU and 11 partner countries from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). The final results of this operation, which was conducted in June 2010, were made public the 1st October 2010 at a meeting in Amman, Jordan.


  •  OLAF and OAFCN at the Open Day - 8 May 2010


  • Club Journalists against Corruption - Press Conference and Seminar pdf - 331 KB [331 KB] - OLAF – Facing the european citizens. The role of international cooperation for the prevention of fraud and the misuse of european funds an integrated information campaign


  • Joint Operation Diabolo II- an international joint customs operation of the 27 EU Member States and 13 Asian countries, with the participation of Interpol, Europol was organised in September 2009 by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) on behalf of the ASEM (Asia Europe).


The spokesman of the European Anti-Fraud Office was selected winner of the 2009 prize for "Communicating the European Union".

The jury recognized Alessandro Butticé's innovative approach to communicating EU anti-fraud work in transparency and partnership, including the concept of "deterring fraud and corruption by informing the public".

Alessandro Butticé received the award on 17 October 2009 during a ceremony in Jesi, Italy. He donated the prize of EUR 1 000 to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in support of the IFJ Safety Fund for victims of violence. 

Premio Giornalisti Addetti StampaAll available translations. pdf

OLAF Press ReleaseAll available translations.

IFJ Press ReleaseAll available translations. pdf

Motivazione pdf - 31 KB [31 KB] italiano (it)

Midday Express - Communication Directorate General's midday briefing pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]


  • OLAF and OAFCN at the Open Day - 9 May 2009


  • "Journalists Against Corruption" Training seminar- Sofia, Bulgaria 23-24 February 2009 organised by the Club "Journalists Against Corruption" in partnership with the Prosecution Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and with the support of the Europan Anti-Fraud Office.


Aidan White "I think the Communicators' Network is great. I really like them. They are a nice bunch of people and what I like about them is that they are all communicators. They understand journalists and know what we are talking about because they work with the press all the time. They understand all of our weaknesses but, at the same time, they are open to discussion. And even within the Network there are many differences. Different countries have different traditions and approaches, and you can see this in their discussions. And I like that - I think it's very important".
Aidan White - General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).




  • JOINT CUSTOMS OPERATION "DIABOLO" - fight against counterfeiting operation organized by OLAF on behalf of the European Commission, involving the Customs authorities of the 27 Member States. Interpol, Europol and the World Customs Organization also participated in the operation


  • JOINT CUSTOMS OPERATION "FAKE" - fight against counterfeiting operation co-ordinated by OLAF, involving the Customs authorities of the 25 Member States, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General (DG TAXUD)
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