resulted in €68 million
recovered and fraudsters sentenced to 125 years' imprisonment
The Annual Report of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) that is published today gives a summary of OLAF's achievements in 2010. Concrete case studies present OLAF's work in detail. OLAF handled around 500 cases in 2010, which included complex external investigations, sensitive internal investigations and multinational cases where OLAF assumed the role of coordinator.
“It is with great pleasure that I present the positive results of our work in 2010. In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that we make sure EU funds are used for their proper purposes and reach the intended beneficiaries. We, OLAF and other Commission Services, will keep up the high pace in fighting fraud in the Member States, and maintain zero tolerance towards corruption in the EU institutions. I call on the Member States to step up their efforts. It is essential that they cooperate and take swift and decisive action to recover misused EU money and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Giovanni Kessler, Director-General of OLAF.
Summary of operational activities in 2010
new investigative and operational cases were
opened: 150 internal and external
investigations and 75 coordination and
189 investigative and operational cases
during the year.
The average total duration of investigations
and operations, including the assessment
phase, was 27.9 months, a five-year
OLAF received 46% of its incoming
information from the public sector
at EU and Member
State level. 52% came from citizens
and the private
€67.9 million was recovered as a
result of OLAF’s cases. The highest
in the structural funds sector (€32.9
million), followed by agriculture
and direct expenditure (€10.6 million).
A further €351.2 million has also
been recovered to date in respect
which are still ongoing.
National courts sentenced fraudsters
to a cumulative 125 years' imprisonment
and imposed financial penalties
amounting to nearly € 1.47 billion
as a result
of OLAF's cases.
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