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Summary of the decision in case 663/2017/TE on how the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) dealt with a request for access to documents from its investigation concerning the then European Parliament President

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  • Case: 663/2017/TE
    Opened on 02 Jun 2017 - Decision on 06 Jun 2018
  • Institution(s) concerned: European Anti-Fraud Office

The case concerned a request for access to documents held by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The documents in question related to an investigation into the terms of employment of an assistant to the then President of the European Parliament. After initially extending the time limit for responding to the complainant, OLAF refused to disclose the documents. To justify its decision, OLAF referred to EU case law that had established a ‘general presumption’ that OLAF investigations (and their documents) should be confidential.

The Ombudsman found that the documents in question were covered by the presumption of confidentiality at the time OLAF made its decision to refuse access. The Ombudsman suggested, however, that OLAF should give clearer explanations when it extends the time limit for replying to access to documents requests.