The Polytechnic University of Valencia hosts, for the third consecutive year, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency in teaching the Master of Cultural Management

In 2021, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF) formalized a framework collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) for cultural, educational and scientific collaboration. The central and priority objective of the Agency’s training activity is the training of Valencian citizens in civic ethics.

Within the framework of this collaboration, on November 28, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF) participated with a conference aimed at students of the subject of Evaluation and Quality Systems and Budget Management of the Master of Cultural Management of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in collaboration with the University of Valencia (UV), taught by Professor Antonia Ferrer Sapena.

The objective of the conference was to raise awareness about the importance of public integrity and ethics to prevent fraud and corruption in the field of culture and cultural management.

The Master of Cultural Management at the UPV, in collaboration with the UV, is the only one in Spain that serves key sectors in cultural management such as the management of museums and cultural spaces, performing arts, cultural tourism, and ethnological heritage. and popular culture.

This Master’s Degree offers plural training capable of covering the different social, political, institutional and economic sectors that constitute the framework in which cultural management is included. Its purpose is applied research to the cultural sector and training for professional development in cultural occupations and companies and in public cultural management.

37 students participated in the activity, mostly of Spanish origin but also foreign students, with different regulatory frameworks on cultural management; but with a similar general casuistry of problems regarding the prevention of corruption and fraud in cultural management.

The first part of the AVAF intervention corresponded to the head of the Training Service, Anselm Bodoque, who made a brief contextual reference to the need for public strategies against corruption, and to the general functions and activities of the Agency.

The core part of the activity corresponded to the director of the AVAF, Joan Llinares, who focused on the particularities of cultural administrative management, and the main risks of fraud and corruption that can occur in cultural management.

Based on his experience in cultural management, he focused his intervention on the public model of museums and museum collections, highlighting different aspects such as cultural employment and the impact of culture on the Spanish economy as a whole, to reach the deontological framework and focus in aspects of the ICOM code of ethics for Museums.

Subsequently, he developed the main risks of fraud and corruption that can occur in cultural management, emphasizing different situations of conflicts of interest, illustrating his presentation with various examples of malpractice that have ended up prosecuted.

The participation of the students was very intense and active, insisting on issues that have to do with their work experience in the field of cultural management and, in particular, the problems related to patronage, public procurement, value and traffic. of cultural assets.

Much of the debate among the students focused on the difference in problems and forms of management depending on whether cultural management was public or private management, and the differences in culture regarding cultural management and the social punishment of corruption between the different countries.

The director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency concluded his speech by thanking the Polytechnic University of Valencia for the invitation and wishing all the students much success in their professional future as cultural managers.

The Spanish Society for the Evaluation of Public Policies joins the Participation Council of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency

València, 28 November 2023.- The Participation Council of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has met in ordinary session and the Spanish Society for the Evaluation of Public Policies (SEE) has participated for the first time, joining as a member of the Agency’s participation body.

The SEE is an entity that aims to contribute to the development in Spain of a culture of public policy evaluation as a fundamental instrument for improving the effectiveness and social utility of the activity of public administrations.

To this end, the SEE promotes scientific research among the agents involved in the university sphere, the civil service, the business and professional spheres and the public authorities.

The SEE joins the Consell de Participació (Participation Council), a consultative body of the Agency that includes civic and social organizations, as well as individuals who stand out for their fight against fraud and corruption and for the promotion of ethics and public integrity.

In 2023, the Spanish Society for the Evaluation of Public Policies, the World Compliance Association and the Hay Derecho Foundation have joined the Consell de Participació.

The Consell de Participació is made up of the following organizations: Civic Action Against Corruption; Whistleblower; Valencian Association of Consumers and Users (AVACU); Hay Derecho Foundation; FIBGAR Foundation; Foundation for Justice; Observatori Ciutadà contra la Corrupción (OCC); Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE); Plataforma Ciutadana Castelló per la Justicia i contra la Corrupción (Citizen Platform Castelló for Justice and Against Corruption); Trade Union of Technicians of the Ministry of Finance (GESTHA); Tactical Whistleblowers; Transparency International Spain and World Compliance Association.

The Agency participates in a course of the Attorney General’s Office for the training of prosecutors

València, November 28, 2023.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has participated as a teacher in the course “Crimes against the public administration: fraud in administrative contracting” organized by the Center for Legal Studies under the Ministry of Justice.

The course was held on November 27 and 28 in Madrid and was aimed at prosecutors with the aim of acquiring knowledge in this area given their high specialization and thus being able to safely address cases of administrative contracting of great technical-procedural complexity.

The course was inaugurated by the Attorney General of the State, Álvaro García Ortiz, and was attended by the Agency, the Director of Analysis and Research, Gustavo Segura, and the head of the Support and Expertise Unit, Amparo Martí, who presented the contracting in the public sector and the experience in the Agency in the main problems that arise in the execution of these contracts.

Other topics discussed throughout the two days were the most controversial aspects of embezzlement crimes, the problems associated with extrajudicial credit recognitions or the administrative malfeasance of authorities and public officials.

The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has been collaborating with the State Attorney General’s Office for several years in different training activities for prosecutors and this collaboration, which covers other areas of action, materialized with the signing of a collaboration agreement between both institutions on June 19.