New cooperation arrangement between OLAF and the Italian Corte dei Conti
OLAF PRESS RELEASE No 5/2013 26 September 2013
On 25 September 2013, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the General Prosecutor of the Italian Corte dei Conti signed a new cooperation arrangement.
The Director-General of OLAF, Mr Giovanni Kessler welcomed the arrangement by saying that it "marks a new step in our cooperation with the Corte dei Conti. Among many other important features, the arrangement will allow OLAF to assist with the execution of sentences of the Corte dei Conti even when these concern funds that the EU has directly granted to private beneficiaries. This is significant progress which will strengthen our joint efforts to fight fraud. This development has to be also seen in the context of a recent breakthrough in the Italian Supreme Court case-law that has, for the first time, recognised the jurisdiction of the Corte dei Conti in Italian cases involving the direct EU expenditure".
The arrangement, which replaces an earlier text of 2006, foresees enhanced cooperation between OLAF and the Corte dei Conti, the exchange of information and data, mutual assistance during investigations and the sharing of strategic analysis. It also promotes staff training activities.
OLAF The mission of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is threefold: it protects the financial interests of the European Union by investigating fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities; it detects and investigates serious matters relating to the discharge of professional duties by members and staff of the EU institutions and bodies that could result in disciplinary or criminal proceedings; and it supports the EU institutions, in particular the European Commission, in the development and implementation of anti-fraud legislation and policies.