CLOSURE OF INVESTIGATION CONCERNING COMPLAINTS OF AN OFFICIAL OF THE COURT OF AUDITORS

Press Release OLAF/18/2003, 4 July 2003

In the light of press attention given to the complaints made to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) by an official of the Court of Auditors, and repeated requests by journalists for comment by this Office, OLAF confirms the following.

These complaints concerned European officials, principally of the Court of Auditors and additionally of the European Commission.

An internal investigation was opened on 23/05/2002.

Each of these allegations has been carefully examined by the Office and interviews conducted with relevant individuals including the complainant.

OLAF has concluded that, on the basis of all information and evidence gathered there, were no elements sufficient to establish that any fraud or irregularity had been committed by any official or staff of the European Institutions. In view of this the case was closed without follow up on 1st July 2003.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101

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