Closure of an internal investigation in the European Court of Auditors
Press Release OLAF/12/2002, 11 November 2002
In accordance with the provisions
of article 9(4) of Regulation (EC) 1073/1999,
the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) has submitted
to the European Court of Auditors its final
report on an internal investigation into that
Institution. The Office opened this investigation
in March 2002, following allegations communicated
by a Member of the European Parliament.
OLAF has forwarded to the
competent judicial authorities information on
matters liable to result in criminal proceedings.
These relate only to a former Member of the
Court and a former Temporary Agent of that Institution.
In this context OLAF has recommended to the
European Court of Auditors to open a disciplinary
inquiry into these persons and to initiate recovery
procedures in respect of the sums in question.
With respect to other allegations, notably concerning
recruitment, nominations and promotions, OLAF
considers that the Court of Auditors has respected
the applicable rules and the Office has not
established any irregularity.
The Office underlines that it has had access
to all necessary information in the possession
of the Institution and that the Court of Auditors
has fully co-operated with from the onset of
No further comment will be
Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101