22 November 2022
The European Commission has decided today to appoint Andreas Schwarz as Deputy Director-General for its European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European Union institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission. The date of effect of his appointment is to be determined later.
Andreas Schwarz, a German national, has a considerable amount of experience in managing Commission departments and representing the Commission in complex negotiations. Building on his excellent analytical skills, he is particularly knowledgeable of budgetary and financial matters and has a thorough understanding of the investigative process in anti-fraud cases.
Andreas Schwarz is currently Director for Revenue and Multiannual financial framework in the Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG), where since 2018 he is in charge of the strategic management and oversight of the EU budget 2021 – 2027 and NextGenerationEU. He is also responsible for the control of the EU budget revenue sources.
Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Budget Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski. Earlier in his career, he was also Member of Cabinet of Vice-President for enterprise and industry Günter Verheugen. He also gained valuable professional experience at various Commission departments, including the Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE), the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP). Before joining the Commission in 2003, he was an economist for the public sector in Germany.