International cooperation

Why do we cooperate?

Our aim is to ensure that EU development and humanitarian aid reaches its intended beneficiaries, without being diverted by fraud and corruption.

Who are OLAF partners?

A growing number of investigative, administrative and judicial partner services in non-EU countries and international organisations who have the competence to exercise controls over projects financed by the European Union and being implemented outside the EU's territory, and also to investigate and/or prosecute cases of fraud, corruption and other illegal activities affecting those funds.

International cooperation is important because large amounts of EU funds are disbursed in non-EU countries or channelled through other donors or international organisations.

OLAF's partner services are often responsible for monitoring EU-funded aid projects, investigating irregularities and bringing prosecutions where necessary.

How do we cooperate?

  • assisting OLAF in doing inspections and on the spot checks in non-EU countries;
  • sharing information and expertise;
  • signing Administrative Cooperation Arrangements in order to facilitate practical day-to-day cooperation (Model text of arrangements pdf - 39 KB [39 KB] , List of signed arrangements pdf - 67 KB [67 KB] ).
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