Opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and repealing Regulation (EURATOM) No 1074/1999 (Case 2011-0029), OJ C 279/02, 23.09.2011, p.11
The EDPS has adopted an opinion on a proposal for a Regulation which is intended to modify the current rules concerning investigations conducted by OLAF. The stated aim of the proposal is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of OLAF, while safeguarding its investigative independence.
The EDPS supports the objectives of the proposed amendments and, in this respect, welcomes the proposal. However, despite the overall positive impression, the EDPS considers that from the point of view of the protection of personal data, the proposal could be further improved without jeopardising the objectives that it pursues.
Therefore the EDPS makes a number of recommendations that should be addressed by the modification of the text, and most importantly: