NGO where corruption identified concering Syria aid effort - OLAF Report 2019

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Dear European Anti-Fraud Office,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

What NGO is being referred to on page 14/15 of the OLAF Report 2019 (https://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/sites/an...) in the section SIPHONING OFF MONEY FROM SYRIA?

OLAF describes a "high-profile case" concerning "a well-known non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved in supporting EU humanitarian aid efforts in Syria" where "investigators found evidence of corruption by two former staff members of the NGO".

Yours faithfully,

Emma Beswick

European Anti-Fraud Office

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Dear European Anti-Fraud Office,

Thank you for your reply.

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Yours faithfully,

Emma Beswick

European Anti-Fraud Office

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Yours sincerely,

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EUROPEAN ANTI-FRAUD OFFICE (OLAF)
Directorate  D – General Affairs
Unit  D.2 – Legal Advice
Rue Joseph II, 30 • B-1000 Brussels (Belgium)

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Dear European Anti-Fraud Office,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'NGO where corruption identified concerning Syria aid effort - OLAF Report 2019'.

Firstly, I would like to specify that I am solely requesting the name of the NGO that is being referred to on page 14 of this report ("a well-known non-governmental organisation
(NGO) involved in supporting EU humanitarian aid
efforts in Syria"), not the names of sources, witnesses or other persons concerned:
https://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/sites/an...
This mitigates the risk of potential harm to the people involved in the investigation as I am not asking for them to be identified.

I believe there is a strong public interest in disclosing this information that outweighs the reasons you put forward in your response. This goes beyond the general public interest in transparency, in an era where trust is paramount.

I appreciate that the publication of the sensitive information contained in the OLAF case file might harm the protection of personal data and/or the integrity of persons involved in the investigation but in this case, I believe the public interest outweighs this risk of harm, which is either non-existent or very low for the aforementioned reason.
These are the reasons it is in the public interest to disclose the requested information:

1) As well as receiving finance from the EU, this NGO will be funded by donations from the public and those who donate to the organisation have the right to know so that they can make an informed decision about to whom they give their hard-earned money.

2) If such information were withheld from the public, this could lead to mistrust in NGOs in general and negatively impact those that were not implicated in corruption concerning aid in Syria, harming their chances of raising much-needed funds. This, in turn, could mean less funding to help those who are in desperate need of it in Syria - an extremely vulnerable group in the general public.

A full history of my request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.asktheeu.org/en/request/ngo_...

Yours faithfully,

Emma Beswick