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Brussels, 24 April 2013
Statement by the Commission on the annual report of the OLAF Supervisory Committee:
"The Commission has received a copy of the Annual Report of the OLAF Supervisory Committee. After taking time to study it, the Commission will wish to discuss it with the Supervisory Committee, the Director General of OLAF, the Council and the European Parliament Budgetary Control Committee. The Commission notes the many positive comments in the report on the work of OLAF and the progress made following its recent reorganisation. With regard to calls through the media for the removal of the Director General of OLAF, the Commission recalls the independence of OLAF and its DG in carrying out investigations. It considers that nothing in the report would indicate grounds for such action. The Commission notes the willingness of the DG of OLAF and the Supervisory Committee to deepen the mechanisms that provide for a fruitful exchange and smooth cooperation in their respective areas of responsibility."