The professor of Political Science, Manuel Villoria, joins the Ethics Committee of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency

Valencia, October 27, 2022.- The professor of Political Science and Administration of the Rey Juan Carlos University, Manuel Villoria, has been registered as anexternal member of the Ethics Committee of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency.

This incorporation completes the maximum number of members that this Committee can have and is made up of three people external to the AVAF and one person chosen from among the Agency’s own staff.

Antonio Penadés and Mª Luisa Cuerda were elected as external members of the Committee in February and Manuel Villoria is now incorporated. All three have been appointedfor a period of four years on the proposal of the AVAF Board of Directors.

The person chosen from among the Agency’s own staff was chosen by vote and has fallen to Amparo Martí Puertes, head of the Support and Expertise Unit of the Research area.

In the case of Antonio Penadés Chust is also a member of the Agency’s Participation Council, thus complying with the provisions of article 35 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, in sections 1 and 2, which states that the Committee will be made up of people outside the AVAF, one of them being at least a member of the Consell de Participacion.

For her part, Mª Luisa Cuerda Arnau is Professor of Criminal Law specializing in fundamental rights at the Jaume I University of Castellón while Manuel Villoria is Professor of Political Science and Administration at the Rey Juan Carlos University.

With the appointments of these people, Article 6.3 is also complied with, which states that the Committee will be composed of a maximum of four people, three of them external from among professionals of recognized prestige in the field of the defense of public ethics, integrity and transparency.

On February 10, 2022, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency approved the Code of Ethics and Conduct for its staff that includes the ethical principles and values of good governance that must inform all the actions of the Agency and will regulate the impartiality, confidentiality and conduct that staff must necessarily observe, especially with regard to conflict of interest.

Chapter IV of the Code provides for the establishment of an Ethics Committee to ensure the proper application of the Code and to assist in resolving any disputes that may arise. Once the people who will be part of this Ethics Committee were appointed, it was constituted last week.
Among the functions of the Ethics Committee are to ensure compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct: to promote its dissemination and internalization by the recipients; inform about the doubts or queries that may arise in the cases of interpretation of the Code; deal with the internal complaints referred to in the Code; make recommendations on non-compliance with the Code or produce an annual report explaining the degree of compliance with the Code.

The Code of Ethics is available on the Agency’s website and can be accessed through this link:

The Agency participates in a conference that analyzes the need for integrity and transparency in public performance


The Agency participates in a conference that analyzes the need for integrity and transparency in public performance

Alacant, October 27, 2022.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency participated in the conference on public employment, integrity and transparency organized by the Generalitat Valenciana and the University of Alicante.

The rector of the University of Alicante, Amparo Navarro, and the Minister of Participation, Transparency, Cooperation and Democratic Quality, Rosa Pérez Garijo, were in charge of opening the conference.

The objective of the conference was to address the rules that regulate public employment, among which is the Valencian Civil Service Law, which states that the tasks entrusted to public servants must be carried out according to the principles of objectivity, integrity, neutrality and transparency which constitute a code of conduct within a system of institutional integrity.

The conference included a round table moderated by Josep Ochoa in which José Antonio Ivars Bañuls, intervening secretary of the Llutxent City Council, participated; María José Cervera Pérez, Director of Administration and Human Resources of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency; María José Moles Cerezo, lawyer of the Social Security Administration and head of the Legal Service at the INSS of Alicante, and Francesc Vañó Beneyto, manager of the UA have explained their experiences in public administration.

The closing conference dealt with “The recent evolution of the public function in Spain: rights, duties, responsibilities, public ethics and transparency” by Miguel Sánchez Morón, professor of Administrative Law at the University of Alcalá de Henares, who presented by Juan José Díez Sánchez, Professor of Administrative Law (UA).

The Valencian Antifraud Agency participates in the Valencia City Council course “Public integrity: prevention of corruption risks in public management”


The Valencian Antifraud Agency participates in the Valencia City Council course “Public integrity: prevention of corruption risks in public management”

València, October 19, 2022.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has given two of the three training sessions of the course “Public integrity: prevention of corruption risks in public management” of the Valencia City Council.

To attend the course, 35 public servants of the City Council were selected, with different technical profiles, predominating the four specialized technicians of municipal services.

On Monday, October 17, Joan Llinares, the director of the Agency, held the inaugural conference of the course “The institutional system against corruption in Spain: The Agency for the Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Corruption of the Valencian Community: origin, functions and independence.”

Irene Bravo, head of the Prevention service, presented that same day the AVAF’s fraud and corruption prevention initiatives in public management.

On Wednesday, October 19, the AVAF teaching team was made up of Anselm Bodoque, head of the Training Service, and Pilar Moreno and Marita Oliver, the Agency’s training technicians.

The students had the opportunity to learn, through the conference given by Anselm Bodoque, about the costs of corruption and public policies against corruption in Europe and Spain. The first phase of the anti-corruption cycle, prevention, was analyzed by Pilar Moreno. While the detection, correction and prosecution, the rest of the phases of the anti-fraud cycle were exposed by Marita Oliver.

The staff at the service of the Valencia City Council actively participated in the AVAF docu-forum “Corruption: harmful organism” of Pandora Box. Through joint reflection, the students became interested in ways to avoid retaliation suffered by whistleblowers, as well as other aspects of the fight against fraud, planning and public integrity strategies.

The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency appreciates the collaboration and support of the Citizen Participation and Open Government Service of the Valencia City Council, as well as the interest in the work carried out by the AVAF in terms of training and prevention to promote public integrity.

The Valencia City Council and the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency maintain a collaboration whereby both institutions undertake to work in different areas of prevention and the fight against corruption. One of the most outstanding aspects of the agreement between institutions is that in order to comply with one of the requirements derived from European Directive 2019/1937 regarding the protection of people who report violations of Union Law, the City Council of Valencia recognizes the complaints box of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency as an external channel for complaints and will link the AVAF mailbox from its website.