València, November 30, 2023.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has organized an International Anti-Corruption Day to commemorate the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9.
The central theme of the Conference was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was adopted on 9 December 2003.
The conference was inaugurated by the Regional Secretary of Public Function of the Generalitat Valenciana, Emilia Selva; Pablo González, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, which hosted the celebration, and finally, the director of the Agency, Joan Llinares.
The conference consisted of 4 round tables and an inaugural lecture by the Professor of Political Science and Administration at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid and member of the Agency’s Ethics Committee, Manuel Villoria, who reviewed the content of the text of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
The first of the round tables focused on the day-to-day work carried out in the fight against corruption in different agencies. At this table, the head of the operations selection and investigations unit of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Eduardo Cano; the Lieutenant Colonel Head of the Department of Economic Investigations and Anti-Corruption, Antonio Balas; and the director of the Andalusian Office against Fraud and Corruption (OAAF), Ricardo Puyol. The panel was moderated by the head of the Analysis and Research Unit of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, María José Moragues.
The second of the tables focused on the role of justice in the fight against corruption, with the participation of the Senior Prosecutor of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Valencian Community, Teresa Gisbert; the Chief Prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Corruption and Organized Crime, Alejandro Luzón and the magistrate Joaquim Bosch. Teresa Clemente, Deputy Director and Legal Affairs of the Agency, was in charge of moderating this table.
A further 2 round tables were held in the afternoon session. The first of these focused on the role played by citizens in the fight against corruption and was attended by the director of the Hay Derecho Foundation, Safira Cantos; the vice-president of the Ciutadà Observatory against Corruption and vice-president of the Agency’s Participation Council, Rafa Mauri and the president of the Foundation for Justice, José María Tomás y Tío, an entity that is also part of the Agency’s Participation Council. This panel was moderated by Amparo Martí, head of the Agency’s support and expertise unit and secretary of the Ethics Committee.
The last of the panels was dedicated to the role of the media in the fight against corruption. This panel was moderated by the journalist Clara Castelló and included the participation of Juan Nieto of the newspaper El Español; Laura Ballester of the newspaper Levante-EMV; Alberto Rallo from Las Provincias and Rosana Crespo from Valencia Plaza.