OLAF WELCOMES INCREASING NUMBER OF VISITORS

OLAF/05/05 Brussels, the 31 March 2005

In 2004 the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) reached out to over two thousand stakeholders with its programme of visits and conferences. During 69 visits to the Office and 4 conferences organised in Brussels, OLAF representatives provided information about their work against fraud and corruption in the EU. In addition to this, OLAF helped finance a further 5 training events outside Brussels.

In 2004 OLAF received 69 groups of visitors (compared with 54 in 2003 and 43 in 2002) with a total of 995 participants. The Office also organised 4 conferences and seminars in Brussels involving a total of 450 participants. Under the annual grant programme 'Training in the area of the fight against fraud' OLAF also funded a further 5 training events in other Member States in 2004, reaching out to over 600 participants.

These activities are aimed at stakeholders in the fight against fraud and corruption and at the interested public. They help support OLAF's operations and investigations by raising awareness of the Office's legal basis and the way in which it works. To this end OLAF presented its work to a range of individuals from judges, prosecutors, customs and police officers, to auditors, officials in the field of public finance, lawyers, university students and representatives of civil society coming from national parliaments, International Organisations, administrative control and law enforcement authorities as well as from other public and private institutions(1).

Alessandro Butticé
Head of Communication, PR and Spokesman Unit
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.54.25
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.81.01

(1) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, UN Food an Agriculture Organization, Inter-American Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN Oil For Food Program, World Food Program, UNDP, Unesco, UNHCR, UNODC, USAID, German Federal Parliament, Latvian Parliament, Swedish Parliament, Austrian Ministry of Finance, Belgian Ministry of Finance, Dutch Ministry of Finance, Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs, Slovak Ministry of Finance, Bulgarian Ministry of Labour, Danish Board of Customs and Taxation, Sweden's Economic Crime Bureau, UK Serious Fraud Office, Czech police, Italian Carabinieri, Portuguese Policia Judiciaria, Spanish Guardia Civil, French Ecole Nationale de Magistrature, Italian Police Institute, Polish Police School, amongst others.

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