The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency exhibits its work at the VII International Congress on Transparency and Open Government in Cartagena.

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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.”

The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency in the Cullera City Council course “Culera Next Generation Tourism Sustainability Plan.”

The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency in the Cullera City Council course “Culera Next Generation Tourism Sustainability Plan.”

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On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, the Cullera City Council invited the AVAF to teach a module of the internal training course: “Culera Next Generation Tourism Sustainability Plan. Public procurement, data protection and anti-fraud”.

 “Risks in public management” was the title of the module taught by the staff of the Agency’s Training Service in the local municipal Auditorium. The institutional welcome was given by the director of the course and general secretary of the town hall, Javier Gieure Le Caressant.

 The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, throughout the three and a half hours of the day, had the opportunity to share, with the 34 attendees, the analysis of the legal framework in matters of public integrity and the normative requirement of the complaint mailboxes in the organizations of the public sector.

 Anselm Bodoque, head of the Training Service of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, presented the public policies for the prevention of fraud and corruption and the objectives and functions of the AVAF.

The culture of public integrity and risks in the public administration was the topic addressed by Pilar Moreno, a technician from the Agency’s Training Service.

Marita Oliver, AVAF training technician, focused her speech on the anti-corruption cycle: alerts, complaints and investigations, where she explained in detail the operation of the external complaints channel that constitutes the Agency with respect to the entire local administration, as well as the analysis and investigation procedure for each alert received in the mailbox, which can be found on the web https://www.antifraucv.es/buzon-de-denuncias-2/

The course “Culera Next Generation Tourism Sustainability Plan. Public procurement, data protection and anti-fraud” in which the AVAF has participated is part of the internal training plan of the Cullera City Council and has been addressed to the highest managers, technicians of the general administration and administrative staff of the local entity.

If you wish to have specialized training in integrity and corruption prevention in your public administration, do not hesitate to write toformacion@antifraucv.es.

The Miguel Hernández University of Elche receives the interuniversity course “Prevention of corruption risks in public management”

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On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the third day of the inter-university course “Prevention of corruption risks in public management” took place in the auditorium of the Rectorate building of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche.

The welcome to the participants, almost 300 (in person and online) was given by Emma Benlloch, manager of the university, where she thanked the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency for its dedication in organizing the course in which the five public universities of the Valencian Community.

The anti-fraud cycle was the guiding thread of the session given by the AVAF training technicians, Pilar Moreno and Mª Amparo Oliver.

Prevention, as the first phase of the cycle, was analyzed by Pilar Moreno. The importance of institutional integrity and the tools that allow the transformation of the institution were exposed in the first of the sessions of the day.

The Agency’s alerts, complaints and investigations featured in the presentation by Mª Amparo Oliver, which caused great interest among those present. The analysis of the EU Directive 2019/1937, the AVAF complaints mailbox and the protection of whistleblowers was also developed in the session

The interuniversity course began on June 7 and is aimed at PAS personnel and members of the integrity commissions of the five public universities of the Valencian Community and is taught by personnel from the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency and the General Inspection of Services of the GVA.

The Universitat Jaume I of Castellón will host the next day of the interuniversity course on October 6, 2022. The presentation “Initiatives for the prevention of fraud and corruption in public management.” It will be taught by Irene Bravo, head of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency’s prevention service.

Photographs provided by the Miguel Hernández University of Elche