What is OLAF – the European Anti-Fraud Office?

Have you heard for OLAF - European Anti-Fraud Office? OLAF investigates alleged fraud or other serious irregularities that could adversely effect on EU public funds: EU revenue and expenditure or assets of EU institutions and alleged serious breach of duties by members or staff of EU institutions and bodies. Irregularity is an act that does not comply with EU rules and may adversely affect its financial interests, but is the result of unintentional errors by the beneficiary or the body responsible for disbursing the funds. If the irregularity is committed intentionally, it is considered a fraud. (Article 1 of Council Regulation 2988/95).

What OLAF cannot examine are: alleged fraud that has no financial impact on EU public funds, and alleged corruption that does not involve members or staff of EU institutions and bodies. Such cases are reported to the state police.

OLAF's application can be reported by:

  • Internet, via the fraud notification system (anonymous) https://fns.olaf.europa.eu/
  • Online, via web form (not anonymous) https://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/contacts/fraud-reporting-form_en
  • By post (European Commission, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), 1049 Brussels, Belgium).

There are no formalities - it is enough to provide as accurate and detailed information as possible and to provide documentation if available. You can communicate with OLAF in any of the 24 official EU languages.

Once you submit your application to OLAF, you will receive a confirmation of receipt of the message if you provided a return address. Subsequently, OLAF will analyze the application submitted to check the various elements, such as whether it is competent to act in the case, whether there is sufficient information to justify the initiation of an OLAF investigation or coordination case. Upon completion of that initial assessment, referred to as the 'selection process', the general director of OLAF decides whether or not to initiate an investigation. If OLAF decides to initiate an investigation or coordination case, the investigator assigned to the case may contact you for further information. However, please note that unless you are directly contacted by the investigator, OLAF will not communicate with you during the investigation.

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