European Anti-Fraud Office

OLAF in figures

OLAF in figures

OLAF’s results in figures

Between 2010-2016, OLAF:

  • Concluded over 1600 investigations
  • Recommended the recovery of over €3.6 billion to the EU budget
  • Issued over 2000 recommendations for judicial, financial, disciplinary and administrative action to be taken by the competent authorities of the Member States and the EU

As a result of OLAF’s investigative work, sums unduly spent were gradually returned to the EU budget, criminals faced prosecution before national courts and better anti-fraud safeguards were put in place throughout Europe.

What is OLAF's caseload?

Workload in 2016:

  • In 2016, OLAF opened 219 new investigations and concluded 272 investigations
  • The average duration of concluded and on-going investigations in 2016 was 18.9 months. The average duration of the selection phase, in which OLAF assesses the incoming information and decides whether to open an investigation, was 1.7 months
  • OLAF had 344 on-going investigations at the end of 2016
  • OLAF had 415 staff members, the majority of whom work on investigations


OLAF's investigative activity in 2016
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How much does OLAF cost EU taxpayers?

  • OLAF's budget for 2016 was € 58.9 million