OLAF Signs Arrangements with US Authorities
29 March 2023
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On 20 March 2023, OLAF Director-General Ville Itälä signed two administrative cooperation arrangements with partners in the USA.

The arrangement with the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security sets out the framework for cooperation in the fight against customs fraud, in particular regarding trade in prohibited or restricted goods. It will facilitate the exchange of strategic information and risk analysis and foster assistance in investigations.

The arrangement with the U.S. International Development Financing Cooperation (DFC) covers the prevention of double financing and the possibility of joint or parallel investigations, technical assistance and strategic analysis. Cooperation enables OLAF better oversight in multiple countries where the DFC is active.

By the new arrangements, OLAF expands formal partnerships with US authorities. Administrative cooperation arrangements already exist with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Thomas Wahl

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (MPI CSL)

Public Law Department

Senior Researcher