The Castellón City Council meets with the Agency for the implementation of the municipal Office against fraud

Castellón Diario | Redacción | 03.06.2018

The government team of the city of Castellón met this morning with the director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVA), Joan Llinares, and the director of Prevention, Training and Documentation of this, Silvia Vernia, to learn about their activity and develop the proposal approved in the extraordinary plenary session in February to create a municipal office against fraud and corruption. On behalf of the government, the councilor for Transparency, Ignasi García, the vice mayor and delegate of the Open Government and Participation area, Ali Brancal, and the councilor Anna Peñalver were present.

The mayor García explained that “what we have done is to know different models of different municipalities that are already operating such as Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona or the one that the Botanical government is carrying out to know what are the steps that we have to follow as a government to develop it ». The Councilor for Transparency has stated that this agency of good practices has to dedicate itself mainly “to preventing certain behaviors that creep and that do not benefit all citizens.

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The Valencian Antifraud Agency signs a collaboration agreement with the Office of Good Practices of the Barcelona City Council

On September 21, the signing of a new framework collaboration agreement was held in Barcelona on this occasion, between the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency and the Office of Good Practices of the Barcelona City Council.

This agreement continues with those already signed with the Anti-Fraud Agencies of the autonomous communities of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. With the same objective, to better coordinate the existing Agencies in Spain.

Its purpose is to establish a permanent channel of communication and collaboration to improve the efficiency in the fulfillment of objectives of common interest and to be able to develop through protocols and specific agreements that have as their objective the prevention of corruption, the promotion of institutional integrity and transparency. 

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The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency joins the EPAC-EACN as a member

Rust. Austria. Conferència: EPAC – EACN, 18ª Conferència Anual Professional i Assemblea General.

More than 100 delegates representing 30 member countries attended the EPAC / EACN’s 18th Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly, which was organized by the Austrian Federal Office for the Fight against Corruption (BAK) and which took place from 22 to 24 October 2018 in Rust, Austria. Under the theme ‘Multiple challenges require interactive and sustainable solutions’, the conference focused on identifying innovative solutions that contribute to the success of prevention and the fight against corruption. The event also provided a valuable networking opportunity and laid the groundwork for further cooperation between the member organizations of EPAC (European Partners Against Corruption) and EACN (European Network of Contact Points against Corruption).

The conference was opened by Mr. Andreas Wieselthaler, President of EPAC / EACN and Director of BAK, and was attended by Ms. Karoline Edtstadler, Secretary of State of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, who emphasized that the presence of So many organizations at this year’s conference was “… a clear sign of the importance we all attach to improving the fight against corruption”.

The conference continued with interactive panel discussions and presentations on topics such as compliance and integrity in the context of preventing and combating corruption and developments at the international level. Speakers included high-ranking representatives from Europol, Interpol, OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office), GRECO (Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption), TI (Transparency International), OMV, International IDEA and the BAK.

On the second day, representatives of member organizations made several interesting presentations on national and regional projects, there were parallel workshops on the topics “Human rights in the context of anti-corruption investigations”, “EU integrity project”, “Corruption in health care systems ”and“ Complaints systems ”, where participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences with their fellow members of anti-corruption authorities (ACA) and / or police oversight bodies (POB, and the results of the Groups were presented of Work EPAC / EACN.

During the General Assembly, applications for membership from five new authorities were accepted: the Bulgarian Commission for Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets (CACIAF), the Office for the Prevention and Fight Against Corruption of the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Agency for Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Corruption, from Spain, the Irish Police Authority and the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and the Coordination of the Fight against Corruption (Bosnia and Herzegovina).