Valencia, November 23, 2022.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has participated virtually in the 21st annual meeting of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and the European Conctact-Point network against corruption (EACN) in which more than 100 people from the 24 member countries have participated.
The celebration of the meeting in Moldova has conditioned the face-to-face attendance of the participants as this country borders Ukraine. At the meeting, Moldova’s efforts in implementing anti-corruption measures to build trust in citizens and for its incorporation as a member of the European Union were recognized.
The plenary sessions have been divided into two: one related to the investigation in which real cases have been exposed and it has been concluded that it is very difficult to build a system to fight corruption and very easy to destroy it; and another related to international cooperation and exchange of information in which the importance of cooperation between anti-corruption agencies and organizations has been highlighted. and public institutions.
This meeting also agreed on the accession of new entities to the EPAC such as the EPPO (European Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office); Internal Security Bureua of the Latvian Ministry of Internal Affairs; Chief Offcial Ethics Commission of Lithuania; Internal and protection office of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova; Garda Inspectorate of Ireland and the State Bureau Investigation of Ukraine
With these additions, the EPAC is the largest network in Europe in the field of anti-corruption and fraud and brings together different types of services, agencies, organizations, which represent the anti-corruption system of each country.
The Council also approved the establishment of three working groups:
- Policy Advisory and Analysis Working Group (APA): to conduct analysis and assist the EPAC/EACN Council in providing opinions or advice on policy issues or public consultations.
- Training and Knowledge Transfer Working Group (TTK) – to plan and conduct webinars aimed at the EACN community on relevant anti-corruption and policing issues;
- Project Activities Developing and Implementing Working Group (DIPA): to initiate and develop project activities to promote the exchange of experience and best practices among EPAC/EACN members and observers.
Also at this meeting the candidacy of Ukraine “Anti-corruptionschool” programme https://www.undp.org/ukraine/press-releases/new-basic-online-course-trains-anti-corruption-officersn won the “2022 EPAC/EACN Award”.