In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that we make sure EU funds are used for their proper purposes and reach the intended beneficiaries," said Giovanni Kessler, Director-General of OLAF
, however, reject wide-spread rumors and reports of investigating abuse of funds offered as compensation for the closure of reactors at the Bulgarian "Kozloduy" Nuclear Power Plant.
In the Tillack case van Buitenen has accused OLAF
of producing false information so that the reporter could be "eliminated" as far as the EU was concerned.
In his words, Hainan could not comment on the publications because OLAF
employees are not allowed top talk directly to the media.
The director general was at pains to suggest that OLAF
was keen to improve its links with the profession and raise its understanding of fraud: "It is our aim to raise awareness for the fight against EU fraud in all relevant groups of society, not only within the competent state services.
Unlike its predecessor UCLAF (the unsnappily titled 'task force for the co-ordination of fraud prevention'), which was unambiguously an arm of the European Commission, OLAF
is supposed to enjoy operational independence from its parent body.
On Friday, February 26, one day after the inspection ended, Maritsa East 2 issued a press release stating that OLAF
had discovered no violations of procedure, and that the tender had been conducted in full conformity with the rules of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
is only seven years old and therefore a very young service compared to many of its national partners where you have investigative bodies like HM Revenue & Customs which can look back on a long history.
The European Commission anti-fraud office, OLAF
, has reported on misappropriation of operational program funding, according to Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice (ECJ) has effectively indemnified European Union (EU) anti-fraud office OLAF
from legal responsibility for the response of national police forces to which it has passed information.
It is not as though the anti-fraud team, OLAF
, were not aware that we were screaming for an answer to the investigation.
According to OLAF
data, Romania tops the ranking with 36 investigations, followed by Hungary with 13, and Bulgaria with 11.