More than 150 people participate in the day organized by the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency on the occasion of the International Day against Corruption

Valencia, December 10, 2020.- One of the main risks of corruption identified is that which occurs when there is a conflict of interest in the development of public management activity. For this reason and given its importance, the conflict of interest has been the central axis of the conference organized by the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency on the occasion of the celebration yesterday, December 9, of the International Day against Corruption.

The conference was held online due to the restrictions imposed by the current health crisis situation and more than 150 people participated in it. In the first part of the day, the Director of Prevention, Training and Documentation, Silvia Vèrnia, presented a new document of reflections on the conflict of interest as a prelude to corruption prepared by the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency itself.

Then the Professor of Political Science, Manuel Villoria, gave a presentation in which he focused on the risks of corruption and the consequences derived from the conflict of interest. Likewise, it analyzed how conflict of interest is addressed in different countries of the European Union in aspects such as employment restrictions after termination, concurrent appointments outside the public sector or which case detection systems are used.

Once the lecture by Professor Villoria was over, it was the turn of the director of the AVAF, Joan Llinares, who highlighted the importance of celebrating a day like this so that society becomes aware of the importance of the fight against fraud and Corruption not only with the aim of putting an end to this type of criminal practices, but also to achieve the implementation of ethics and public integrity that allow the progress of our society.

To end the day, some of the questions posed by the participants were addressed through the chat, for which the Director of Legal Services, Teresa Clemente and the Director of Analysis and Research, Gustavo Segura, joined, since some of the questions referred to to specific aspects of its scope of action.

Here we leave you the link to the Reflections on conflict of interest: its ignorance the prelude to corruption as well as the recording of the day that is available on the AVAF YouTube channel.

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Emission of the Day in Youtube

Unisocietat in Quart de Poblet

On December 2, the Unisocietat program resumed its activity in the town of Quart de Poblet.

Anselm Bodoque Arribas, head of the training service of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, was in charge of presenting the activities carried out by the AVAF to the attending public, who after the presentation held an interesting colloquium on transparency, corruption and tools to fight against fraud.

This program, which is sponsored by the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, aims to stimulate debate and the exchange of information to develop mutual learning.

The State Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies has held its 6th biannual meeting

Valencia, November 30, 2020.- The State Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies has held its 6th biannual meeting, which has been held virtually due to the limitations imposed by the current health crisis.

Among the items on the agenda, the current situation regarding the transposition of the European Union Directive 1937/2019 for the protection of complainants has been analyzed, after the meetings held with the Ministry of Justice to deal with This question.

Likewise, it has become aware of the beginning of the work of the Democratic Quality Committee of the Congress of Deputies on two specific areas of the European Directive, such as the guarantee of independence of the control authorities and the protection of persons reporting protection.

Likewise, it has been reported the latest meetings held with the Network of European Integrity Authorities and Alerters (NEIWA), of which 16 states and 22 authorities are members, whose objective is to exchange information and share experiences in relation to the transposition work. of this Directive in each of the countries.

Throughout the meeting, other issues were also discussed, such as the conflict that arises between the necessary transparency and the requirement of confidentiality in the control and investigation bodies, taking into account the need to preserve the identity of the complainants, the presumption of innocence of the accused, as well as the success of the investigation.

In another of the items on the agenda, the Independent Office for the Regulation and Supervision of Procurement (OIReSCon) presented the conclusions of the special reports of Supervision of the emergency processing COVID-19.

Likewise, Andrea Bordoni, head of one of the analysis and investigation areas of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), gave a presentation on the risks of fraud derived from the situation caused by COVID-19 and the emergency spending in the European Structural and Investment Funds.

All those present agreed on the coordination and exchange of information on the COVID funds, both those already employed and those that will be received in the future in terms of hiring and other aid, as well as their monitoring and the continuation of these meetings.

The incorporation of the National Markets and Competition Commission to the Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies should be highlighted, represented on this occasion by Carlos Balmisa, Director of Internal Control.

The Anti-fraud Office of Catalonia is part of this State Network; the Office for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption in the Balearic Islands; the Office of Transparency and Practical Bones of the Barcelona City Council; the Municipal Office against Fraud and Corruption of the Madrid City Council; the Corruption Prevention Service of the Audience of Accounts of the Canary Islands; the Corruption Prevention Service of the Consello de Contas de Galicia; the Transparency Agency of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona; the National Anti-Fraud Coordination Service (SNCA); the Independent Office for Procurement Regulation and Supervision (OIReSCon) and the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, which on this occasion was the organizer of the meeting.

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