OLAF abbreviation stands for European Anti-Fraud Office (French: Office Européen de Lutte Anti-Fraude).
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is mandated to detect, investigate and stop fraud with EU funds in order to protect the financial interests of the European Union.
OLAF fulfils its mission by:
See also: Link to OLAF’s webpage
The On-the-spot-check (OTSC) is a form of control activity performed by the competent authorities. Its aim is to establish, the regular or irregular nature of the activities of the beneficiary.
The European legislator has adopted a specific regulation dealing with OTSC performed by the European Commission. According to the rules of Regulation 2185/96 the Commission carries out on-the-spot checks and inspections on the premises of economic operators:
On-the-spot checks and inspections may concern, in particular:
Source: Council Regulation (EURATOM, EC) No 2185/96 of 11 November 1996 concerning on-the-spot checks and inspections carried out by the Commission in order to protect the European Communities' financial interests against fraud and other irregularities