European Anti-Fraud Office

Amending the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) Regulation

Amending the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) Regulation

In 1999, the Commission set up the European Anti-Fraud Office to investigate fraud and any other illegal activity affecting EU financial interests. OLAF supports EU Member States in preventing and fighting fraud. OLAF's investigative mandate is defined by Regulation No. 883/2013.

Why amend the Regulation?     

The need to amend Regulation 883/2013 is twofold:

1. To reflect the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)

In July 2013 the Commission proposed the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) Regulation that the Council recently adopted in October 2017. The EPPO will work against EU-fraud by conducting criminal investigations and prosecuting before the national courts of the participating 20 Member States. The EPPO will affect how OLAF operates. As a result, the relationship between the two needs to be regulated.

2. To address shortcomings that impact OLAF investigations

An evaluation of the Regulation was finalised in October 2017:

Although the evaluation concludes that the Regulation has allowed OLAF to deliver concrete results in the protection of the EU budget, it identified some shortcomings which impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of investigations.

What is addressed in the amendment of the OLAF Regulation?

In order deliver on the above objectives, the amendment aims to:

  • adapt the the OLAF Regulation to the establishment of the EPPO
  • enhance the effectiveness of OLAF's investigative function
  • clarify and simplify certain provisions in the OLAF Regulation

Find out more in the Roadmap for a proposal to amend Regulation 883/2013.

The amended Regulation should enter into force at the end of 2020, before the EPPO becomes operational.

How can you contribute?

To develop a proposal for the amendment of the Regulation, the Commission will prepare an assessment in line with the Better Regulation principles. As part of this work, consultation of stakeholders will be carried out as outlined in the stakeholder consultation strategy.

What happens next?

  • November 2017 – January 2018: Commission consults stakeholders
  • January – February 2018: Commission prepares analysis and proposal
  • March 2018: Commission adopts amended Regulation
  • End 2020: Amended Regulation enters into force