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Verbatim report of proceedings
Tuesday, 2 July 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Investigations conducted by the European Anti Fraud Office (OLAF) (debate)

  Marta Andreasen (ECR). - Mr President, if anyone needed evidence of how inefficient the EU institutions are, then the seven years it has taken to finalise a revision of the OLAF regulatory framework is surely proof enough. It seems that even when agreement has been reached among institutions there is need for further amendments.

However, the most important issue here today is the independence of OLAF, which this framework actually fails to put right. The Anti-Fraud Office is primarily aimed at avoiding fraud and corruption affecting EU funds. It should there be, by its very definition, independent of the institutions involved in handling those funds – notably the European Commission, but also the European Parliament and the European Council. OLAF should report directly, without EU intermediaries, to the European citizens who fund the EU budget, and its regulation must not be subject to any politics.

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