Mission and mandate

The OLAF report 2019
1. Mission and mandate
Detect, investigate and work towards stopping fraud
involving European Union funds.
The European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF’s) mandate is:
to conduct independent investigations into fraud
and corruption involving EU funds so as to ensure
that EU taxpayers’ money reaches projects that can
stimulate the creation of jobs and growth in Europe;
to investigate serious misconduct by EU staff and
members of the EU institutions, thus contributing to
strengthening citizens’ trust in the EU institutions;
to develop EU policies to counter fraud.
OLAF can investigate matters relating to fraud,
corruption and other offences affecting EU financial
interests con cerning:
all EU expenditure – the main spending categories
are European Structural and Investm ent Funds,
agricultural policy and rural d evelopment funds,
direct expenditure and ex ternal aid;
some areas of EU revenue, such as money from
customs duties or value added tax (VAT)
OLAF can also carr y out investigations into suspicions
of serious misconduct by EU staff and members of the
EU institutions.
OLAF is part of the European Commission and, as
such, under the responsibility of the Commissioner for
Budget and Administration. In 2019, that position was
occupied by Commissioners Günther H. Oettinger and
Johannes Hahn.
However, in its investigative mandate, OLAF acts with
full independence.
OLAF’s investigative work broadly involves:
assessing incoming information of potential
investigative interest to determine if there
are sufficient grounds for OLAF to open an
conducting administrative anti-fraud investigations,
where appropriate in cooperation with national
criminal or administrative investigative authorities
and with EU and international bodies;

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