Cartagena, September 29, 2022. – The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has actively participated in the VII International Congress on Transparency and Open Government held in Cartagena through presentations presented by specialized AVAF personnel.
The AVAF Training Service, led by Pilar Moreno García, a technician in the area, presented in the working group 22-03 “Ethics and Public Integrity” the paper with an oral presentation “The teaching of public ethics and the prevention of corruption in the Valencian youth. Contributions from the Valencian Antifraud Agency.”
The training activity that has had the most roots and training development throughout the few years of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has been the “Docuforum: Corruption, harmful organism” and the presentation of the results of this training experience has been the objective of the Pilar Moreno training technique.
The documentary, produced by Pandora Box TV, thanks to micro-patronage, exposes the testimonies of the whistleblowers of the so-called “proximity corruption” and includes a subsequent colloquium in which AVAF representatives, academics and judges discuss the institutional initiatives carried out in recent years to improve the fight against corruption.
From the viewing of the documentary, the students raise their doubts and questions about transparency, integrity, protection for whistleblowers and the gifts received by those who can make relevant decisions in public administration.
The students’ perception of corruption and the issues that have the greatest impact on them in the different educational stages (ESO, Baccalaureate and University) has guided the exhibition and has greatly interested the attendees, both in person and online.
The prevention of corruption cannot be understood without training, and any culture strategy of rejecting fraud must be accompanied by actions that work to improve integrity in the public sector and in society, with university students also being the protagonists of this equation.
Tania Segovia Fernández and Juan Vega Felgueroso, lawyers from the Agency’s Directorate of Legal Affairs, gave an oral presentation entitled “Strengthening the protection of the whistleblower: the anonymous complaint” in working group 22-06. “A Directive in the process of being transposed (Whistleblowers).”
The lawyer Juan Vega explained the paradigm shift in the protection of the whistleblower that Directive (EU) 2019/1937 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of October 23, 2019, related to the protection of people who report violations of the Right of the Union.
Retaliation against the complainant constitutes an element that bases the anonymous complaint, together with the impossibility of avoiding them with the current tools existing in the legal system.
The lawyer Tania Segovia focused her presentation on the admission of the anonymous complaint between the authorities and member states that are part of the NEIWA network (Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowing Authorities). The network currently comprises 28 authorities from 20 member states.
Of those 20 countries that make up the network, anonymous reporting is accepted in 11 of them. 13 competent authorities that are members of NEIWA admit the anonymous complaint and, in addition, another 3 authorities process them by sending them to the competent authority and/or investigating them, if they consider that their content is relevant, serious and/or of interest.
The prepared paper was very well received by the public specializing in the subject participating in the working group, generating an enriching debate.
The staff of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, present in Cartagena and in online format, had the opportunity to attend a large number of round tables and exhibitions of the work of public institutions that focus their work in the field of transparency and good governance such as the table of those responsible for transparency and participation of the Public Administrations, the open session of the Network of Local Entities for Participation and Transparency of the FEMP, the Meeting of the Academic Network of Open Government (IV Plan), as well as the Institutional declaration of the State Network of Antifraud Agencies and Offices and the Workshop. Table: the whistleblower protection regulation.”