OLAF /07/04 Brussels, 26 March 2007

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and EUROJUST are holding their first joint Seminar on "Fraud and Corruption Affecting European Communities' Financial Interests" in Brussels, 26-27 March 2007, on the premises of the Committee of the Regions. The seminar emphasizes the co-operation and assistance provided by OLAF and EUROJUST to National Authorities to fight against fraud and corruption affecting the European Communities' Financial Interests.

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit EUROJUST, which put in place the structure for their close co-operation in the fight against fraud, corruption or any other criminal offence or illegal activities affecting the European Communities' financial interests on 14 April 2003 (see press release OLAF/11/2003All available translations.) this two-day-seminar examines corruption; preventative measures, such as the development of interactive e-mailing system, electronic whistle-blowing and case studies of international corruption.

Improving relations with National Authorities and other EU bodies, namely the European Judicial Network (EJN), Europol and the future cooperation between them all is a high priority. The Chairman of the OLAF Supervisory Committee, Ms. Rosalind Wright, OLAF Director-General, Mr. F.H. Brüner, President of Eurojust, Mr Michael Kennedy, Vice-President of EUROJUST, Mr. Lopes da Mota, Eurojust National Members from different EU Member States, Chief Prosecutors, fiscal anticorruption representatives, OLAF magistrates and OLAF investigators are participating in the joint seminar.

Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud stated: "This seminar brings together two relatively recent actors in dealing with cases of fraud and crime at EU level. The conference today is a signal that there has been a significant improvement of the daily operational co-operation between OLAF and EUROJUST; the European citizen rightly expects an effective European response.

Mr Kennedy, President of the College of Eurojust commented on the Seminar:
"This first joint seminar will be a milestone in our history, and in the co-operation between our organisations. We are both fighting against serious and organised crime. The fact that Eurojust is now part of the OAFCN network will enable us to inform the general public and the professionals better and more accurately about our joint goals and achievements". The Director-General of OLAF, Mr. F.H. Brüner, welcomes this development of practical arrangements in the cooperation and the exchange of information between EUROJUST and OLAF.

Concerning the request of EUROJUST to join the OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators' Network (OAFCN), approved by the full body of the OAFCN, Mr. Brüner stated: "I am confident that this joint seminar and the next OAFCN meeting will be a good starting point for future dialogue and cooperation".

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