Meeting with the University of Alicante

Meeting in Alicante of the director of the Valencian Antifraud Agency, Joan Llinares, with Amparo Navarro, Rector of the University of Alicante and technical staff of both institutions to coordinate the actions that will be included in the new collaboration agreement between both institutions.

The Jaume I University of Castelló and the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency reflect on good governance in local public employment

The conference organized by the Observatory of Transparency and Good Governance and aimed at students of the Degree in Management and Public Administration and civil servants of the local administration has had as its protagonist the study on the current situation of the Valencian local public function.

Present at the inauguration were Antoni Llorente, regional secretary for participation and transparency, Cristina Pauner, general secretary of the UJI and Joan Llinares, director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency.

Gustavo Segura, director of Analysis and Investigation of the AVAF has exposed the main frauds in matters of public employment in the local administration and how to avoid them.

The figures speak for themselves and of the 912 files on risk alerts processed since the beginning of the work of the Valencian Antifraud Agency and until October 20, 2021, 339 files, 37% of the alerts received have been on the Personnel management.

Of these 339 files on risk alerts, 70% (237) focus on the local administration field (Town Halls, autonomous bodies and dependent companies), taking into account that there are 532 municipalities in the Valencian Community.

The attending public has had the opportunity to learn about real cases about non-compliance with the working day, selection processes, rewards, among others, duly anonymized and about investigations already concluded, whose final resolutions are published on the AVAF transparency portal.

The experience of controlling the legality in matters of personnel of local entities has been contributed by public employees Aurora Majuelos, technician of the local administration of the Puçol City Council, Bárbara López, deputy secretary of the Picanya City Council and secretary – auditor of Alcàntera de Xúquer and Mariola Pérez, secretary – auditor of the Almenara City Council.

They have exposed the existing controls in the local administration, both internally and externally, as well as the guarantees in the selection processes and the technical selection bodies and the importance of transparency and publicity thereof. Temporality in public employment has been the last of the topics discussed.

Both presentations have recalled the existence of the recommendation on planning as a reference issued by the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency.

Concern about the high number of corruption cases has been one of the questions raised by the public, as well as the situation in which the files remain when the Síndic de Greuges has already initiated proceedings on the same issue investigated by the AVAF.

This conference has been possible thanks to the direction of Cristina Pauner, general secretary of the Jaume University and professor of constitutional law at the UJI, as well as Jaime Clemente, a local administration official with national qualification and associate professor of constitutional law of the UJI, who are thanked for organizing it.

The financing of the day has come from the Department of Participation, Transparency, Cooperation and Democratic Quality of the Generalitat Valenciana.

The chronicle of the day of the Jaume I University

The Valencian Antifraud Agency explains the strategy for preventing and fighting corruption and for public integrity in the Valencian Community in the selective course of the INAP Superior Body of Civil Administrators of the State.

On Tuesday, November 2, the National Institute of Public Administration invited the Valencian Antifraud Agency to explain its experience as an antifraud agency with the new promotion of State Civil Administrators, who are currently in the middle of the selective course.

INAP, an international benchmark in the training of personnel employed at the service of public administrations, also organizes and manages the processes and selective courses of the bodies of the General State Administration.

The Superior Body of Civil Administrators of the State is the group of public officials essential in the execution of the actions of direction, management, advice and study in relation to the different public policies developed by the General Administration of the State, both in its central organs of the ministries and state public agencies as well as in the peripheral administration and abroad. The group, of a multidisciplinary nature and with horizontal functions that can be developed in different departments, has four different branches to join it: legal, social sciences, economics and technical.

The director of the AVAF, Joan Llinares focused his intervention on explaining the work carried out by the Agency in terms of prevention, training, investigation and protection of whistleblowers of corruption.

The presentation of the general lines of work of the Agency has generated an intense debate with the students aimed at finding out if the agencies and offices for the fight against corruption have sufficient personal and material resources to carry out their work. In the same way, the students asked about the main obstacles that agencies have to face in their daily work, as well as about the reasons why there is so much time delay in the transposition of European directives against corruption, or the delay in judicial processes related to corruption.

The director of the AVAF has highlighted the need for a state anti-fraud agency, to improve the uses of technological tools and has stressed that at this time there is a lack of financial means and sufficient human resources to adequately combat fraud and corruption. both in the judicial sphere and in anti-fraud agencies.

The director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has ended his speech by thanking INAP for the invitation and wished all the students much success in their professional future as officials of the Superior Body of Civil Administrators of the State.