Valencia, December 21, 2022.- The mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt and the director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, Joan Llinares, have signed a collaboration protocol between both institutions that will help promote the Integrity Plan in which the City of Dénia is working.
Within the general lines of the Integrity Plan, the implementation of both internal and external complaint mailboxes is contemplated, thus complying with the requirement of the European Directive 1937/2019 on the protection of people who report breaches of Union Law, better known as the Whistleblowers Directive.
The Aandanointing of Dénia to enable as an external channel of complaints the mailbox of complaints of the Valencia Antifraud Agency which will be visible on the municipal website; A mailbox that guarantees the confidentiality of whistleblowers, as well as allows the possibility of being able to make complaints anonymously.
The collaboration between both institutions will also extend to other actions and activities such as those of a formative nature where the staff of the municipality will receive training in aspects related to the promotion of ethics and public integrity, as well as the prevention and detection of situations constituting fraud and corruption.
Likewise, the Agency will offer advice and support for the preparation of the plan of anti-fraud measures necessary to be eligible for European Next Generation funds as set out in Ministerial Order 1030/2021 by which the management system of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan is configured.
For the mayor of Dénia, Vicent Grimalt, “The assessment of the firm is positive, because the City of Dénia works to ensure that, in its scope of action, public funds have been used in accordance with the applicable regulations, in particular, with regard to the prevention, detection and correction of fraud, the corruption and conflicts of interest. In addition, the City Council has a clear commitment to transparency, for this reason it has achieved the Infoparticipa seal in the last two editions and is one of the most transparent municipalities in the Valencian Community.
For his part, the director of the Agency, Joan Llinares, said that “it is positive to see how every day more municipalities and institutions begin to equip themselves with instruments to fight fraud and corruption and they do so not only with reactive measures such as reporting channels, but also from prevention with training and awareness actions. “
“It is undoubtedly good news that the City of Dénia will have complaint mailboxes, both internal and external, but more important is if possible that it has committed to approve a municipal Integrity Plan”, added Llinares.