New members/OLAF Supervisory Committee
Friday 27 January 2012
The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission formally approved, on 24 January, the appointment of five new members of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The five appointees will serve a three-year term from 2012 to 2015. They are: Herbert Bösch (Austrian), a former MEP; Johan Denolf (Belgian), director of the Belgian Federal Police; Catherine Pignon (French), chief public prosecutor at the Court of Appeal in Angers; Rita Schembri (Maltese), director-general of the Internal Audit and Investigations Department in the office of the Maltese prime minister; and Christiaan Timmermans (Dutch), former judge at the Court of Justice of the EU. The Supervisory Committee is tasked with monitoring of the implementation of OLAF’s investigative function. At the request of OLAF’s director, or on its own initiative, the committee delivers opinions to the director concerning the office’s activities. It cannot, however, interfere in the conduct of ongoing investigations. Four other names have been put on the list of alternates: Jens Madsen (Danish); Cristina Nicoara (Romanian); Tuomas Henrik Poysti (Finnish); and Dimitrios Zimianitis (Greek).