OLAF and Belgian FIU Updated Cooperation Arrangement
On 23 March 2022, OLAF Director-General Ville Itälä and President of the Belgian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Philippe de Koster signed an update of their cooperation arrangement which was concluded in 2005. The new text takes into account developments in the legislative and operational frameworks in Belgium and in the EU; it reaffirms the cooperation between OLAF and the Belgian FIU, which is called Cellule de Traitement des Informations Financières/Cel voor financiële informatieverwerking (CTIF-CFI).
The arrangement allows OLAF and CTIF-CFI to collect, analyse and exchange intelligence that can support each other’s work. Both offices cooperate if they gather information on suspicious financial transactions that could involve money laundering (or related criminal activities) and which affect the EU’s financial interests.