The Junta de Castilla y León looks to the AVAF as a model for its future anti-corruption agency

València, September 15, 2020.- The Deputy Minister of Transparency and Quality of Services of the Junta de Castilla y León, Fernando Navarro, together with the General Director of Citizen Services and two inspectors of services, have met electronically with the Director of the AVAF, Joan Llinares, as well as the people who are in charge of legal affairs and analysis and investigation

The reason for the meeting was to continue with the collaboration that began a few months ago when the Castilian-Leon government began to work on the legislative initiative for the creation of a future anti-corruption agency. On that occasion, both the Deputy Counselor and the General Director visited the Agency in person.

The project is currently in the approval phase by the Board before taking it to parliament. For this reason, they wanted to know first-hand the operation of the analysis and investigation area, how the statute of protection of the complainants works and other aspects related to the personnel structure or the distribution of budget items.

For his part, Joan Llinares pointed out that “from the AVAF we are willing to collaborate with all those administrations that want to set up anti-fraud and corruption agencies and we do not hesitate to share our experience and knowledge with them.”

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The General Directorate for Children and Adolescents and the Valencian Antifraud Agency will collaborate to raise awareness against fraud and corruption in children and adolescents

València, August 4, 2020.- The general director of Children and Adolescents of the Generalitat Valenciana, Rosa Josefa Molero, and the director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF), Joan Llinares, have met to coordinate and design actions aimed at raise awareness against fraud and corruption in childhood and adolescence.

This initiative was proposed by the AVAF Participation Council’s fraud and corruption prevention work group and was subsequently approved by all the associations and social entities that are members of said Council.

After the meeting, the director of the AVAF declared that “among the functions entrusted to the Agency is the prevention of fraud and corruption. We believe that these values ​​should be integrated from the earliest ages and hence the necessary collaboration with those institutions that work with these groups ”.

“If from childhood and adolescence we work to create an ethical conscience of rejection of fraud and corruption, we will be laying the foundations for a more just and integral society,” added Llinares.

In coordination with the General Directorate for Children and Adolescents, it is intended to establish channels for child participation through the network of municipal councils for children in the Valencian Community.

“In this way, we accommodate the premises set forth in the current Valencian Law on childhood and adolescence, which already aims to promote the participation of children and adolescents in the social, political and economic life of their environment, through a progressive incorporation into active citizenship ”, said the general director of Childhood and Adolescence Rosa Molero.

Currently the network of Valencian municipalities with municipal councils for childhood and adolescence covers 37 localities, distributed throughout the territory (8 in the province of Alicante, 6 in the province of Castellón and 23 in the province of Valencia)

Through them, a total of 1,023 boys, girls and adolescents are reached who act as counselors in their respective municipalities.

This initiative will allow the incorporation of children and adolescents as an active group that is incorporated in the development of an ethical conscience of rejection of fraud and corruption.

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The director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency claims the protection of people who report corruption

València, July 23, 2020.– The director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency (AVAF), Joan Llinares, has vindicated the protection of people who report corruption during his participation in the 37th edition of the University of Estiu de Gandia that proposes this year a review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) under the title “Viratge a la Sostenibilitat”.

In the talk entitled “Fraud, the fight against corruption and transparency in the institutions”, Llinares explained the activities carried out by the AVAF and the collaboration initiatives with other European entities.

In his speech, the director of the AVAF placed special emphasis on the recent signing of the Rome Declaration by 21 organizations fighting fraud and corruption from 15 European countries that make up the Network of European Integrity Authorities and Alerters (NEIWA Network).

Llinares highlighted “the importance of European cooperation and the need for European governments to approve a legal statute for the protection of persons who report corruption. Our country is currently pending the transposition of the European Directive 2019/1937 for the protection of persons who report corruption, known as the “Whistleblower” Directive.

On the other hand, the director has also underlined “the pioneering nature of the AVAF, which is currently the only Spanish authority that has a Statute for the Protection of the Complainant of Corruption. To date, 20 whistleblowers receive protection from the Agency ”.

In this year’s edition of the Universitat d’Estiu, which was held for the first time in the online mode, the director took the opportunity to explain the operation of the AVAF complaints box “a channel that ensures confidentiality and especially protects the anonymity of the complainant ”, Llinares pointed out.

After the conference, Joan Llinares thanked the invitation to participate in this edition of the Universitat d’Estiu. “Collaboration between the Valencian Antifraud Agency and the universities is of vital importance in order, in addition to taking advantage of synergies, to bring the work that the AVAF develops in the university environment. A collaboration that allows us to deepen prevention and training in ethics and public integrity ”, concluded the director of the Agency.

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