European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)


Purpose: Investigation into alleged misconduct, and allegations of migrant pushbacks.

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By Ilaria Aversa and Mariana Gkliati - 6 March 2021

Investigative body: European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF).

Started: December 2020

Status: Closed, conclusions not public


Summary of the investigation
On 07 December 2020, OLAF raided the offices of Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri, as well as his head of Cabinet Thibauld de La Haye Jousselin, as part of an investigation into allegations of migrant pushbacks.

According to Der Spiegel, the investigation involves a possible case of fraud involving a service provider, allegations of workplace harassment, and information withheld from the Fundamental Rights Officer. Moreover, the magazine reports that internal documents suggest that Leggeri’s entire leadership style is under scrutiny.

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The investigation was completed in February 2022, but OLAF’s conclusive report of findings is not public. The European Parliament and Frontex's management board have held in camera discussions of the content of the report. An extraordinary meeting of the management board was held on 7 March, and a second will be held on 29 March.



Minutes of the Frontex Extraordinary Management Board Meeting 7th March 2022

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