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Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Online from: 1993

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

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What is EU fraud? And can OLAF really combat it?

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Title:What is EU fraud? And can OLAF really combat it?
Author(s):Helen Xanthaki, (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, London, UK)
Citation:Helen Xanthaki, (2010) "What is EU fraud? And can OLAF really combat it?", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 17 Iss: 1, pp.133 - 151
Keywords:European Union, Fraud
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13590791011009419 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the real reasons behind the widely accepted view that the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is not performing to its full potential.

Design/methodology/approach – The approach takes the form of consideration of the main points of the regulatory framework and analysis of lacunae in the current and proposed framework.

Findings – The paper attributes ineffectiveness, in part, to the conflicting and vague regulatory framework within which OLAF is requested to operate.

Originality/value – The paper provides a list and an analysis of the main lacunae in OLAF's regulatory framework, an operation which has been neglected in the academic literature.

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