OLAF CLARIFICATION ON INVESTIGATIONS CONCERNING ALLEGATIONS OF MISUSE OF EU BUDGETARY SUPPORT TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Press Release OLAF/03/2004, 6 February 2004

An article that has appeared today in the German newspaper "Die Welt" concerning the alleged inappropriate use of EU funds by the Palestine Authority requires

To avoid any doubt, OLAF wishes to stress that it has not finalised its investigation. Therefore, any conclusions attributed to OLAF are premature and are not confirmed by evidence.

While this investigation is still ongoing, OLAF expects all the Institutions with whom it holds briefings in camera to refrain

Actions of this nature may seriously hinder OLAF's cooperation with

OLAF operates always in full respect of EU regulations. No further comment will be made on this investigation until it has been completed.

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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