European Anti-Fraud Office

Cooperation with investigative partners

Cooperation with investigative partners

Why do we cooperate?

Our aim is to ensure that EU funds, whether spent in Member States or abroad (in the form of e.g. development assistance) reach their intended beneficiaries, without being diverted by fraud and corruption.

In particular, international cooperation is important because large amounts of EU funds are disbursed in non-EU countries and territories or channelled through other donors or international organisations.

Who are OLAF partners?

OLAF’s partners are investigative, administrative and judicial partner services in EU and non-EU countries and territories as well as international organisations who have the competence to exercise controls over projects financed by the European Union, and also to investigate and/or prosecute cases of fraud, corruption and other illegal activities affecting those funds.

OLAF's partner services are often responsible for monitoring EU-funded aid projects, performing administrative or judicial investigations into fraud and irregularities and bringing prosecutions where necessary.

Each Member State has a service in charge of facilitating cooperation with OLAF. These are the Anti-Fraud Coordination Services (AFCOS). More on AFCOS here.

How do we cooperate?

  • OLAF’s partners assist OLAF in doing inspections and on the spot checks in non-EU countries;
  • OLAF and its partners share information and expertise;
  • OLAF has signed Administrative Cooperation Arrangements with some partners in order to facilitate practical day-to-day cooperation (Model text of arrangementsList of signed arrangements).