RECRUITMENT OF ITALIAN MAGISTRATES TO OLAF

Press Release OLAF/02/2002, 20 February 2002

Mr Franz-Hermann Brüner, Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has, at the request of the Italian Minister of Justice, furnished detailed information on the issue of the taking up of functions of three Italian magistrates selected for posts in OLAF.

The Director General has also indicated to Mr Castelli his willingness to accept the invitation of the Minister to meet, made during a parliamentary debate. Franz-Herman Brüner hopes that this meeting can serve to clear up any misunderstanding and to reach a positive solution to this issue.

The Italian press agency ANSA and other newspapers reported on a motion passed on 30 January 2002 by the Italian Chamber of Deputies in which it called on the Italian Government not to allow the taking up of functions of three Italian magistrates selected for posts in the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The reasons cited were that the OLAF recruitment procedure had not been transparent.

This assertion had been categorically denied by the Director General of OLAF Mr Franz-Hermann Brüner (see OLAF Press Release 09/2001 of 21 November 2001All available translations.).

The Director General of OLAF hopes that the Office can soon welcome Messrs. Perduca and Vaudano and continue to make use of the services of Mr Piacente (who came to the office last June directly from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). This wish is based on the facts that these persons have succeeded in complex selection procedures, carried out in complete conformity with the applicable European Union rules and that all other Member States have authorised the engagement of all other magistrates selected by the Office.

The Director General, Mr Brüner, by letter of 12 February 2002 to the Italian Minister of Justice, explained the background to the recruitment procedure in detail. He also expressed his willingness and interest in taking up the invitation to a meeting with the Minister as soon as possible to try to resolve this issue positively.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)

Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101

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