COMPLAINTS ABOUT FRAUD AND CORRUPTION TO BE FACILITATED
OLAF /05/13 Brussels, the 15 September 2005
To facilitate potential informants, the European
Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) intends to set
up a web-based system to allow for anonymous
electronic dialogue. The system will enable
individuals to come forward with information
about fraud or corruption without fear of
revelation of their identity. This new multilingual
information gathering system and three other
IT-projects are the subject of the latest
open tender procedures launched by OLAF.
The system envisaged for
anonymous web-based communication will allow
OLAF to enter into a dialogue with informants
who are not willing to reveal their identity.
Previous experience with anonymous information
has shown that follow up can be difficult
if the informant cannot be queried for further
details. The use of electronic dialogue
may also contribute to a better assessment
of the credibility of anonymous information.
In addition to the plans
for a new communication system, OLAF is
preparing another three projects; the Office
is seeking to update its well established
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system (see Press Release OLAF/04/21All available translations.).
Furthermore it is planning to install new
textmining software to be used as an operative
support in OLAF investigations. The fourth
project concerns a new system for providing
OLAF with both IT and physical security.
The projects will contribute
to the continuous development of the investigation
and intelligence capabilities of OLAF. They
are part of the overall endeavours of OLAF
in the fight against fraud, corruption and
any other illegal activities detrimental
to the Communities' financial interests
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