OLAF AGENTS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT IN BULGARIA AND ROMANIA
OLAF/04/19 Brussels, the 21 October 2004
Two agents of the European Anti-Fraud Office
(OLAF) are going to be assigned to Romania
and Bulgaria on a permanent basis in view
of these countries' accession to the
European Union. The OLAF assistants shall
contribute to the strengthening of the anti-fraud
coordination services in the candidate countries.
They are due to take up their posts early
The deployment of two OLAF
assistants, who will be sent to Bucharest
and Sofia for a term of three years, represents
a measure within the framework of the Commission's
"Action Plan 2004-2005 on the Protection
of the financial interests of the Communities".
This will be the second time that OLAF agents
are sent outside of Brussels on a permanent
basis, after an earlier two year presence
of the Office in Poland.
The main task of the OLAF
assistants will be to support the Anti-Fraud
Co-ordinating Services (AFCOS) in Romania
and Bulgaria. These central contact points
for the co-ordination of all legislative,
administrative and operational aspects of
the protection of the EU's financial
interests have been active since 2002 in
all EU-accession countries and have been
promoted by OLAF. They co-operate closely
with the Office at an operational level.
The OLAF assistants will also help further
the financial, strategic and operational
interests of the European Commission in
matters of irregularities and fraud in the
countries concerned. They will, for instance,
provide technical advice, create and maintain
intelligence pathways and share best practice
experience with partners in their host countries.
The OLAF assistants will
be integrated within the Delegations of
the European Commission but will report
to OLAF for their operational activities.
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