Reflections of the Valencian Antifraud Agency before the state of alarm declared by the COVID-19 pandemic

In exercise of the legally attributed functions, of advising and formulating proposals and recommendations in matters of integrity, public ethics and prevention of corruption, the Director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has issued a resolution, dated March 27, which incorporates a set of reflections on the emergency measures adopted to date, given the state of alarm declared by the COVID-19 pandemic and its management.

Every crisis, no matter how devastating it may be (such as the one that, unfortunately, we are experiencing with the expansion of the international pandemic known as COVID-19 “coronavirus”) provides opportunities for action and learning that help prevent its recurrence or minimize its consequences. However, it is also very likely that corrupt behaviors to obtain profits from this situation will increase. Therefore, it is essential to maintain the appropriate procedures and methods that allow its detection and control.

Public money must reach the people and entities that really need it soon and this requires a rapid and transparent management of the procedures that should not be an obstacle so that we also take all the measures at our disposal to minimize incidents that may cause risks. of corruption.

In this regard, it is recalled that the Council of Europe has declared that essential protections of the rule of law, parliamentary oversight, independent judicial control and effective domestic remedies, must be maintained even during a state of emergency.

In the face of exceptional measures that put high amounts of public funds at stake, as well as the necessary management with the maximum speed and transparency, an efficient control must be added (especially internal, within each Administration). Consequently, it is appreciated that the previous controls should have been maintained and the reasons for decisions already taken regarding the replacement of the intervening function by permanent financial control is not understood.

The recommendation states that, in the situation of a state of alarm, the measures to be adopted must be those that are indispensable and must be applied in a proportionate manner. It is a priority that emergency powers are exercised only for the purposes for which they were granted. Likewise, political decisions and the ways of carrying them out must be transparent and visible to all citizens, in order to be accountable for this management.

Specifically, the reflections on this recommendation focus on exceptional measures of an economic nature issued until March 27 and, very especially, to those whose management corresponds mainly to local entities. With them, the aim is to provide suggestions to the Community’s public servants that allow their management with maximum efficiency and, in turn, legal certainty. Thus, in accordance with the regulatory framework and the interpretive instructions formulated, the recommendation incorporates a set of proposals on the processing of grants, issues related to public procurement and on the importance of the current context of defining essential services, with a reminder end of adopting also precautions against the risk of cyberattacks.

The recommendation highlights that the professionalism and good work of the public servants of the whole public sector of the Valencian Community, is now of vital importance and responsibility. It is essential that we actively participate, in a creative and innovative way, in the difficult decision-making processes and in the subsequent management of these measures, for the real and effective achievement of the intended objectives with the approved regulations, actively helping to manage the policies public measures and the necessary measures to mitigate the health, social and economic crisis but, it is insisted, without renouncing the due controls, deterrents from irregularities constituting fraud and / or corruption.

Finally, it is considered that, now more than ever, all Public Administrations must rise to the occasion, communicating, coordinating among ourselves to be able to give agile responses to the needs of our Community, helping each other generously, sharing our knowledge. and reciprocal experiences on the way we apply and control measures to contain and mitigate the perverse effects of COVID-19.

In this sense, it is indicated that consultations, suggestions or experiences that are carried out in public entities can be formulated and it is recalled that the Agency has fully operational the complaints box, for those who observe irregularities contrary to the general interest.

Valencia, March 30 of 2020.


Adoption of measures by the Valencian Agency for the Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Corruption due to Covid-19

The Agency for the Prevention and fight against Fraud and Corruption of the Valencian Community, in the exceptional context of emergency and in accordance with Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, which declares the state of alarm for the management of the health situation caused by Covid-19 and in accordance with the commitment made to public service to citizens, has adopted a series of extraordinary measures.

These measures are part of the prevention and protection of the Agency’s workers, while guaranteeing the continuity and ordinary operation of the activity.

After an intense work of the Computer and Administrative Services during the past weekend, the necessary conditions have been arranged so that all the personnel continue to exercise their obligations from home, through teleworking.

The operation of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency during the current emergency situation will be as follows:

  1. The Agency will remain closed to the general public until further provision.
  2. The in-person Entry Registration is suspended.
  3. The Electronic Entry Record (accessible from the Agency’s Electronic Headquarters on the Internet) is available at the address
  4. Additionally, it is possible to communicatBUZÓN DE DENUNCIAS SEGURO Y CONFIDENCIALe with the Agency through the following email:

On the corporate website of the Agency, you can obtain all the necessary and updated information on the operation of the Agency during the validity of the exceptional measures adopted,


For the presentation of complaints, the secure channel enabled for this purpose on the corporate website, available at the address:


In accordance with the Third Additional Provision of Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, deadlines are suspended and those pertaining to procedures currently underway at the Agency are interrupted. The calculation of the terms will be resumed on the date on which the aforementioned Royal Decree loses its validity, or, where appropriate, the extensions thereof that are decreed.


In accordance with the aforementioned, the deadline for carrying out any phase of the ongoing job placement processes is suspended.


Informative note on the measures adopted by the Valencian Antifraud Agency on the occasion of Covid-19

Fecha de publicación: 16/03/2020

The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency and the CEU Cardenal Herrera University sign a collaboration agreement on transparency

The director of the Agència Valenciana Antifrau (AVA), Joan Llinares, and the rector of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University, Vicente Navarro de Luján, sign an agreement for collaboration in training and research

The Agència Valenciana Antifrau (AVA) and the CEU Cardenal Herrera University have formalized a joint institutional collaboration agreement. Through the CEU UCH Transparency, Governance and CSR Observatory and the Agency’s Prevention, Training and Documentation Directorate, both entities will promote research and training on transparency in public administration. The director of the AVA, Joan Llinares, and the rector of the CEU UCH, Vicente Navarro de Luján, have signed the agreement.

Joan Llinares, director de la AVA, y Vicente Navarro de Luján, rector de la CEU UCH, en la firma del convenio.

Both entities have already carried out various joint activities to promote institutional transparency, such as the meeting of researchers held in December at the Palacio de Colomina-CEU, to analyze the new challenges in transparency, six years after the approval of the state law in this matter. The CEU UCH Transparency, Governance and CSR Observatory and the UAB Plural Citizenship Laboratory led this focus group, in which the main public agents in the area of ​​transparency in the Valencian Community participated, with the collaboration of the AVA , such as the Department of Participation, Transparency, Cooperation and Democratic Quality, the Provincial Councils of Valencia and Castellón and the municipalities of Valencia, Alicante, Onda, Nules, Alzira and Cartagena.

In the field of university education in this area, the AVA held this November at the CEU UCH the document «A look to the future. Exemplarity and transparency: tools for the prevention of corruption », with the screening of the documentary” Corruption: the harmful organism “, which raises the need to recognize the complaint of corruption and protect the people who evidence it, against the passivity of the governments and the lack of visibility in the media.

Link to the full article in the CEU  Cardenal Herrera University web