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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) was created in 1999, in the wake of the political crisis which led to the collective resignation of the European Commission. It has operated for more than ten years in a specific legal and institutional environment, which, in turn, has been affected by the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The latter put an end to the pillar structure of the EU, turned the Charter of Fundamental Rights into a binding legal instrument and laid the foundation for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).
Starting from the broader context of the protection of EU financial interests and touching upon the circumstances surrounding OLAF’s creation, the book provides an in-depth analysis of OLAF’s position in this environment. Particular attention is given to: