Commissioner Šemeta presents Reflection Paper on Reform of OLAF
"We have an obligation to ensure that EU taxpayers' money is properly protected and that we take all possible measures to tackle fraud."
Commissioner Šemeta today presented a reflection paper on the reform of OLAF at the European Parliament. The paper will form the basis of an inter-institutional dialogue between the Commission, Parliament and Council on the reform of OLAF. The outcome of this dialogue will feed into a proposal which Commissioner Šemeta intends to bring forward before the end of the year.
Commissioner Šemeta said: "We have an obligation to ensure that EU taxpayers' money is properly protected and that we take all possible measures to tackle fraud. These issues are of particular importance during times of economic difficulty. To meet these needs, OLAF has to be equipped with the appropriate tools to fight against fraud, corruption or any illegal activity that could threaten financial interests of the EU."
Background: In 2006, the Commission presented a proposal on the reform of OLAF. A Council working document in 2008 and Parliament resolution in 2008 on this proposal highlighted a number of issues that would require further reflection and debate in order to reach consensus on the best way forward. Therefore, the Commission committed itself to presenting a reflection paper, identifying the convergent and divergent points in the institutions' positions, looking at the questions that are still open to debate and laying out possible options to achieve consensus. The aim of the reflection paper is to push forward the inter-institutional discussion with a view to finding the best way forward on this file.
Full speech of the Commmissioner at the European Parliament
Reflection paper on the Reform of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in ENGLISH [38 KB]
Annex I [58 KB] to the Reflection paper
Annex II [306 KB] to the Reflection paper