REDEFINING THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN ANTI–FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF) IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
OLAF'S PLACE, ROLE, COMPETENCE AND FUNCTIONING
The Office of the European Union Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) during 20 years of existence as an independent and operational body has built up credibility by opening investigations into high-level corruption cases in EU member states with whom national judicial authorities simply could not cope with.
The topic of this paper will be the role, competencies, and functioning of OLAF in the fight against corruption. Therefore, in this research, we will use the analysis, synthesis, and comparative method of investigations launched by OLAF because of indications of the misuse of EU funds in Hungary, Romania, and Italy in order to find common denominators of the high forms of corruption and social fields in which it occurs. From the scientific point of view the aim is to reach a certain level of scientific knowledge, and from a practical point of view, to determine whether OLAF's recommendations can serve to redefine and improve the legal framework for the fight against corruption, especially in the EU candidate countries.
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