OLAF CLARIFICATION REGARDING AN APPARENT LEAK OF INFORMATION

Press Release OLAF/21/2003, 30 September 2003

On 27 March 2002, the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) issued a press releaseAll available translations. announcing that it had opened an internal investigation under Regulation 1073/1999 into an apparent leak of confidential information included in a report prepared within OLAF.

It stated that according to information received by the Office, a journalist had received a number of documents relating to the so-called "van Buitenen affair", and that it was not excluded that payment might have been made to somebody within OLAF (or possibly another EU institution) for these documents.

OLAF's enquiries have not yet been completed, but to date, OLAF has not obtained proof that such a payment was made.

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

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