OLAF RECEIVES VISIT FROM BULGARIAN MINISTERS

OLAF /08/03 Brussels, 14 March 2008

The Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Mr. Franz-Hermann Brüner, met Bulgaria’s Ministers of European Affairs and Finance, Ms Gergana Grancharova and Mr Plamen Oresharski, today in Brussels. At their meeting they discussed co-operation between OLAF and the Bulgarian authorities in the fight against fraud affecting the EU budget in general as well as current issues.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Brüner declared: "We had a very open dialogue. We discussed current challenges in Bulgaria and I expressed OLAF’s concern about certain developments." He added: "I am confident that the Bulgarian authorities will do their utmost to take the necessary steps."

Background

Concerning Bulgaria OLAF currently has 28 cases under evaluation; in another 17 cases investigations are ongoing.

OLAF's work is structured in three phases:

1. Evaluation (or assessment) phase: OLAF analyses all new information available with a view to deciding whether an investigation proper has to be opened or not.

2. Formal decision whether to open an investigation or not.

3. Investigation phase.

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