An irregularity is an act which doesn’t comply with EU rules and which has a potentially negative impact on EU financial interests, but which may be the result of genuine errors committed both by beneficiaries claiming funds and by the authorities responsible for making payments. If an irregularity is committed deliberately, however, it’s fraud. (See more in Article 1 of Council Regulation 2988/95)
OLAF can investigate allegations of:
fraud or other serious irregularities with a potentially negative impact for EU public funds, whether EU revenue, expenditure or assets held by the EU institutions.
serious misconduct by Members or staff of EU Institutions and bodies.
OLAF cannot investigate allegations of:
fraud with no financial impact on the EU public funds. Please report such allegations to the national police.
corruption which doesn’t involve members or staff of EU Institutions and bodies. Please report such allegations to the national police.
You can contact us anonymously. There are no formalities. Just give as precise and detailed information as possible, including documents when available. You can communicate with OLAF in any of the 24 official EU languages.
It is possible to report as follows:
Online via the Fraud Notification System (anonymous, with secured document transmission)
European Commission European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) 1049 Brussels Belgium
EU staff members reporting fraud
If you are an EU staff member you have an obligation to report possible cases of fraud, corruption, other illegal activity, or professional conduct which may constitute a serious failure to comply with the obligations of EU staff members.
You can either inform a member of management in your institution or OLAF about your suspicions. If you want to inform OLAF directly, please send us an e-mail.
For more information about the rights and obligations of whistleblower within the EU Institutions, please see Article 22a and 22b of the Staff Regulations.