On the basis of information received, the European
Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), decided in April 2002
to open an external investigation in conformity
with Art. 5 § 1 of Regulation (EC) No.
1073/1999 in relation to allegations of fraud.
More particularly the investigation involves
possible fraud in the electricity sector in
Kosovo. The investigation involves the alleged
misappropriation of approximately US$ 4.2 million
of EU funds.
OLAF intends to carry out its investigation
in close co-operation with the competent authorities,
the European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR)
and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK),
who have already indicated their willingness
to do so.
This press release has been prepared following
numerous requests on the subject by the international
media in recent days. The press release is intended
to clarify the matter from the OLAF perspective
and to avoid possible misunderstandings.
OLAF wishes to make it clear that information
obtained in the course of its investigations
is protected by the relevant Community and national
provisions. It follows that any further comment
by OLAF about investigations until these have
been concluded 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