"Today's agreement on the reform of OLAF will ensure that the EU's central player in the fight against fraud works to its full potential. Greater efficiency and clearer accountability are the pillars upon which this reform rests, while OLAF's investigative independence will continue to be fully upheld. Every citizen in Europe will benefit from a stronger EU anti-fraud office to protect taxpayers' money," said Algirdas Šemeta, European Commissioner responsible for anti-fraud.

"Today's agreement on the reform of OLAF will ensure that the EU's central player in the fight against fraud works to its full potential. Greater efficiency and clearer accountability are the pillars upon which this reform rests, while OLAF's investigative independence will continue to be fully upheld. Every citizen in Europe will benefit from a stronger EU anti-fraud office to protect taxpayers' money," said Algirdas Šemeta, European Commissioner responsible for anti-fraud.

"This reform is also an important step in preparing the ground for a European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO), which the Commission intends to propose next year. It means that the EPPO will, from its inception, be able to rely on investigations of the highest standard when tackling crimes against the EU's financial interests.

I would like to particularly acknowledge Mrs Graessle, the European Parliament's rapporteur, for the commitment and dedication that she has shown on this file. I would also like to thank the Danish and Cyprus Presidencies, for the efforts they made in pushing us towards this agreement. The good collaboration and hard work on all sides has now paid off."

The Regulation will be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in the coming months, and will enter into force 20 days later.

For OLAF website: http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/index_en.htm

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