Press Release OLAF/17/2002, 6 december 2002

The Director General of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) Mr. Franz-Hermann Brüner together with Mr. Raymond Kendall, President of the OLAF Supervisory Committee, Professor Mireille Delmas-Marty, Mr. Edmondo Bruti Liberati, Mr. Alfredo José De Sousa and Dr. Harald Noack, Members of the OLAF Supervisory Committee have written an open letter to Mr Valery Giscard d'Estaing, President of the Convention for the Future of Europe setting out their joint personal vision based on the investigative work of the Office for the future protection of the financial interests of the European Community.

In their letter they call for an effective strengthening of the criminal law protection of the financial interests of the European Community adding that the recommendations made to the Convention by Working Group X "Freedom, security and justice" will not allow for progress to effectively prosecute this type of criminality. They go on to state that they consider that the proposals submitted by the Commission to create a European Public Prosecutor.

In the light of the historic responsibilities offered by the current recasting of the treaties and on the eve of the expansion of the Union, they call upon the Convention to examine further the idea of including the principle of a European Public Prosecutor in Full text of the open letter addressed to Mr Giscard d'Estaing.All available translations.

The European Commission's Green Paper on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor and the comments received from interested parties can be accessed at the following address http://europa.eu.int/comm/anti_fraud/green_paper/index_en.htmlAll available translations.

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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