OLAF EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION ON E.U. SUBSIDIES PAID IN SLOVAKIA
Press Release OLAF/04/2001, 30 April 2001
On the basis of information received by OLAF,
Mr. Franz-Hermann BRUENER, Director General
of OLAF, decided yesterday, the 29.4.2001, in
conformity with Art. 5 § 1 of the Regulation
(EC) No. 1073/1999, to open an external investigation
in relation to allegations of fraud concerning
the awarding of tenders for E.U. projects in
OLAF intends to carry out
its investigation in close co-operation with
the Slovak authorities, who have already indicated
their willingness to do so.
This press release has been
prepared following numerous requests on the
subject by the Slovak media in recent days.
The press release is intended to clarify the
matter from the OLAF perspective and to avoid
OLAF wishes to make it clear
that information obtained in the course of external
investigations, falling within the competence
of the national judicial authorities, in whatever
form, is protected by the relevant provisions.
It follows that any further comment by OLAF
about investigations would be a breach of the
law by the European Anti-fraud Office.
Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101