Two external experts are taking up their duties
in Hungary and the Slovak Republic. They
will assist the national Anti-Fraud Coordination
Services (AFCOS) in further developing their
anti fraud capacity.
of its continuous assistance to the new
Member States and Candidate Countries in
their effort to strengthen national administrative
structures, the Commission's Directorate
General for Enlargement, together with the
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), has arranged
for external experts to work within the
national Anti-Fraud Coordination Service
(AFCOS) in certain New Member States and
Candidate Countries. AFCOS have been already
established in each new Member state and
also in Bulgaria and Romania.
Two experts are already working in Romania
to assist the Prime Minister's Inspection
Department in media relations and in the
drafting of a national anti-fraud strategy.
Another expert is working in Latvia in the
Ministry of Finance to assist in the development
of a national anti-fraud policy.
Within the next few days two other external
experts will commence work; one with the
AFCOS in the Slovak Republic, which is located
in the Government Office; and one with the
Customs and Financial Guard Office in Hungary.
They will assist these services in the further
development of an efficient anti-fraud coordination.
The experts will remain for 10 months in
each country while reporting to DG Enlargement
and keeping OLAF informed on progress made.
In addition to these five external experts
in four countries, OLAF is providing two
of its own agents as permanent assistants
to the AFCOS in Romania and Bulgaria. They
have taken up their posts in the Commission
Delegations in Bucharest and Sofia at the
beginning of this month (see OLAF Press Release Nr. 19/2004All available translations.)
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