Brussels, 3 July 2012
OLAF Annual Report 2011 - OLAF investigations resulted in €691 million recovered to EU budget and 511 years' of prison sentences
The Annual Report of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), published today, summarises OLAF's achievements in 2011. OLAF handled 463 cases in 2011. The results of OLAF's investigations led to the recovery of €691 million and a cumulative 511 years of prison sentences being issued by Member State courts.
"Thanks to our investigations, a considerable amount of money was recovered to EU taxpayers and a large number of criminals were brought to justice in national courts for crimes against the EU budget. In this financial climate, the fight against fraud and corruption is of particular importance and should be a priority in all Member States. OLAF wants to step up this fight. Therefore, we will increase our focus on the efficiency and results of our investigations and strengthen our cooperation with our partners both within and outside the EU," said OLAF's Director-General, Giovanni Kessler.
Summary of operational activities in 2011
The report includes a sample of cases studies to present an overview of OLAF's investigations into suspected crimes against different sectors of the EU budget. These include the smuggling of biodiesel, a fraudulent structural funds tender, and corruption by an EU delegation official.
The report can be downloaded from OLAF's website.
The mission of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is threefold: it protects the financial interests of the European Union (EU) by investigating fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities; it detects and investigates serious matters relating to the discharge of professional duties by members and staff of the EU institutions and bodies that could result in disciplinary or criminal proceedings; and it supports the European Commission in the development and implementation of fraud prevention and detection policies.
For further details:
European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
Phone: +32 2 295 22 10