Fraud appears to be on the increase in the European Union according

to the 2001/2 annual report of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) which

reports 552 new cases during the year. OLAF's caseload increased by about

30 per cent compared to its first two years of activity.

This partly reflects a policy of "zero tolerance" towards

corruption or fraud within the European institutions which meant that all

allegations were investigated regardless of the amount of money involved.

Over 75 per cent of ...

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