València, October 15, 2020.- The Director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, Joan Llinares, has participated this morning in the XI Seminar on Policy 2.0 which this year has focused on the analysis of the institutional integrity policies that are being carried out finished.
During his speech, Llinares declared that “in Spain, people who denounce cases of fraud and corruption continue to be condemned, as has happened in the recent sentence in the Gürtel case in which the councilor who uncovered all the facts has been sentenced to 4 years jail”.
“The protection of those who report corruption is a priority issue if we really want to fight against corruption and on this point the AVAF has been a pioneer as it is the first authority in Spain to offer this type of protection. At the moment 21 people have accepted the Agency’s Protection Statute ”, added Llinares.
He also pointed out during his speech that we are at a key moment since we are in the 2-year period for the transposition of the European Directive 2019/1937 for the protection of persons who report corruption, better known as the Whistleblowers Directive.
“The Ministry of Justice, which is in charge in Spain of coordinating and promoting the work of the transposition of the Directive, should have opened the call for a public hearing in September and we hope that in the coming weeks this call will be effective as this Directive will allow to provide protection to those people who denounce acts constituting fraud and corruption ”, he pointed out.
The seminar has been organized by the Chair of Citizen Participation, Open Government and Open Data (PAGODA) of the University of Valencia together with the Ministry of Transparency of the Generalitat Valenciana and the Valencian Association of Political Science (AVAPOL) and has been held under the online mode due to the current health situation.
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