ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT OF THE EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE FOR THE PERIOD 1 JULY 2002 - 30 JUNE 2003
Press Release OLAF/24/2003, 2 December 2003
The Director-General of the
European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF), Mr. Franz-Hermann
Brüner, has presented his Annual Activity
Report for the 12-month period ending 30 June
2003. This Report concentrates on the operational
achievements of the Office in this period. It
contains case studies that illustrate how OLAF
conducts investigations, together with statistical
analysis which demonstrates the growth in OLAF
operations and their increasing impact in the
fight against EC budget fraud. OLAF estimates
the total financial impact of the investigations
completed during the reporting period at more
than €850 million.
"The emphasis of
OLAF's investigation policy has moved
increasingly towards confronting fraud and corruption
in those areas of expenditure which are directly
managed by the Commission. This will continue.
OLAF has maintained the policy of zero tolerance
towards internal cases, investigating all allegations
of corruption within the European Institutions,"
said Mr Brüner introducing the report.
"The increase in the number of internal
cases conducted by OLAF demonstrates our commitment
to tackling fraud and corruption within the
Institutions. This will continue to be one of
our key priorities".
OLAF's other key priority
for the coming year is enlargement. "OLAF
is already operational in Acceding and Candidate
Countries, with growing co-operation between
OLAF investigators and their national counterparts.
The main elements of anti-fraud infrastructure
are in place. The proportion of OLAF's
existing resources allocated to the development
process has doubled in 2003 and will increase
again in 2004. Nevertheless, the task ahead
is considerable and should not be underestimated."
Attached by way of background
information are the executive summary to the
Report, Mr Brüner's introduction
thereto and the 'forward look' section
of the Report.
Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101
A new stock-shots video concerning OLAF is also
available from the Mediatheque of the European
Commission (fax 02.2301280) and will be broadcast
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by the Director General of OLAF on his own responsibility
in order to inform the EU Institutions and the
public about operational activity during the