On 18 March 2004, OLAF submitted its detailed
opinion in response to this draft recommendation.
On the basis of its analysis, OLAF concluded
that the points raised by the Ombudsman
did not call into question the adequacy
of the inquiry and therefore there were
no grounds for re-opening its inquiry or
opening a new inquiry
(see OLAF press release of 19 March 2004All available translations.).
The European Ombudsman's decision,
which can be found on the following website:
http://ombudsman.europa.eu/decision/en/021769olaf.htm, examines in detail OLAF's response
to each of the points raised in the draft
recommendation and explains why the Ombudsman
considers that there is no need for him
to conduct further inquiries into the case.
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