EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE REJECTS ACTION AGAINST OLAF INVESTIGATION POWERS WITHIN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

Press Release OLAF/08/2004, 31 March 2004

The European Court of Justice has confirmed on 30 March 2004, by decision C-167/02 P, the judgment of the Court of First Instance of 26 February 2002 in Case T-17/00 in which the Court of First Instance found inadmissible the action of 71 Members of the European Parliament. This action aimed to cancel the Parliament's decision of 18 November 1999 - modifying its internal regulation -which allowed the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to conduct its mission of internal investigations within the European Parliament as well.

In a press releaseAll available translations., in connection with this case, published by the European Commission, Commissioner Michaele Schreyer, in charge of the fight against fraud, declared: "OLAF is the EU's most important instrument in the fight against fraud. One of my central political objectives is to strengthen this office and its independence. The Court of Justice has again confirmed today that OLAF has the right to carry out investigations to fight against fraud in all EU institutions and bodies. This decision has validated OLAF's competence and powers."

The court ruling C-167/02 P can be found at the following address : http://europa.eu/cj/index.htm

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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