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OLAF in figures

OLAF in figures

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OLAF’s results in figures

Between 2010-2017, OLAF:

  • Concluded over 1800 investigations
  • Recommended the recovery of over €6.6 billion to the EU budget
  • Issued over 2300 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 2017:

  • OLAF concluded 197 investigations, issuing 309 recommendations to the relevant national and EU authorities.
  • OLAF recommended the recovery of over EUR 3 billion to the EU budget. This exceptionally high figure stems from major undervaluation fraud cases concluded by OLAF during the year.
  • OLAF opened 215 new investigations, following 1111 preliminary analyses carried out by OLAF experts.


Pie chart depicting OLAF's investigative activity in 2017
© European Union

How much does OLAF cost EU taxpayers?

  • OLAF's budget for 2017 was €60 million