Minister Tsvetanov expressed his gratitude for the opportunity AFCOS officials to take part in the OLAF
Criticism of OLAF
is mainly due to the mysterious resignation of the Maltese former commissioner on 16 October last year.
spokesperson, Pavel Borkovec, has told BNR that the office was informed by Bulgarian authorities about Ilieva's appointment, but did not interfere in any way.
has asked Swedish Match not to change its version of events.
A check made by OLAF
investigators a week ago revealed that certain submitted project documents did not include the required signatures, in breach of requirements.
Besides, not all OLAF
inquiries are referred to the Belgian police.
I heard that there never had been a second meeting when OLAF
Speaking after the regular Wednesday cabinet meeting, Tsvetanov said that major findings had been revealed by OLAF
concerning conflict of interest on the part of some staff working either in state administrative units or in some political headquarters, that had direct involvement with NGOs participating in the development of projects.
Hailing the improving reputation of a an institution that has struggled with scandal in the past, an OLAF
note claimed: "Within as well as outside the EU institutions OLAF
is trusted for dealing efficiently with new information on potential irregularities, fraud or corruption" Last year, the number of allegations requiring assessment increased to a new high of 826, compared with 529 in 2002.
Borisov spoke to the media Wednesday after meeting at the Council of Ministers with Thierry Cretin, Director of Directorate A (Operations and Investigations I) in OLAF
, the anti-fraud office of the European Commission.
FI: Despite your recent 20% increase in investigations, OLAF
is little known outside EU circles: shouldn't your profile be larger, sharper?
THE EUROPEAN Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF
)--its acronym comes from its French name I'Office Europeen de Lutte Anti-Fraude--was set up in 1999 to OLAF
to protect the financial interests of the European Union's (EU) various institutions: fighting fraud, corruption and any other irregular activity, including misconduct.