The Comptroller of Valle del Cauca of Colombia visits the Agency

Valencia, October 4, 2022.- The Departmental Comptroller of Valle del Cauca, Ligia Stella Chaves Ortiz, together with the Legal Manager, Claudia Maritza Otalora, and the Coordinator of Internationalization and Agenda 2030, Jhon Frank Vente, have visited the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency and have initiated a collaboration between both institutions to share experiences and good practices.

The Comptroller’s Office is a technical entity with administrative and budgetary autonomy in charge of exercising the surveillance and control of the fiscal management of the administration and of the individuals or entities that manage public funds or assets.

The State Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies asks the legislator to take them into account in the processing of the Whistleblower Directive Transposition Bill

Cartagena, September 30, 2022.- The State Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies has held its XI Meeting within the framework of the VII International Congress of Transparency held in Cartagena.
The meeting took place in two sessions during which the offices and agencies debated and reflected on different issues related to their field of action and especially on the situation in which the processing of the transposition of the European Directive 2019/1937, commonly called the Whistleblowers, is located, since recently the Council of Ministers has approved the Draft law regulating the protection of persons who report on regulatory and anti-corruption violations, and has sent it for parliamentary processing to the Congress of Deputies (BOCG No. 123-1 of September 23, 2022).
As a result of the work carried out by the Network in this XI Meeting, an Institutional Declaration has been approved, since despite the progress made by the aforementioned Bill, it does not offer complete coverage of the expectations created or the commitments acquired by the Spanish State in 2006 with the ratification of the United Nations Convention.
The Declaration has been signed by the Antifrau Office of Catalonia, the Transparency Agency of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, the Office of Prevention and Fight against Corruption of the Balearic Islands, the Andalusian Anti-Fraud Office and the Office of Good Practices and Anticorruption of the Autonomous Community of Navarre.
The transposition of the Directive cannot constitute, under any circumstances, a reason to reduce the level of protection already guaranteed in Spain in the areas that the Directive itself regulates, and that are in force in many parts of our territory.
For this reason, in the Declaration the agencies and offices recommend that this bill recognize the demands and proposals of the authorities and bodies, autonomous and local, that have been carrying out functions of prevention and fight against fraud and corruption and the promotion of good practices, since the autonomous anti-fraud authorities (Catalonia, Comunitat Valenciana, Balearic Islands, Andalusia and Navarre) have an important experience that should be taken into account by the legislator. The Office of Good Practices and Anti-Corruption of the Autonomous Community of Navarre participated in this Meeting for the first time through its director, Edurne Eginoa.
It has also had the participation of the professor of the University of Barcelona, Óscar Capdeferro, who has presented the study he has carried out on anti-fraud offices and agencies, and on transparency and access to information in relation to the protection of people who whistleblowers of corruption.
Once the meeting was over, the Institutional Declaration was read within the framework of the International Transparency Congress followed by a seminar workshop on “The regulation of whistleblower protection”, in which the directors of the regional anti-fraud agencies and offices participated and was moderated by the Director of the Anti-Corruption Office of the Madrid City Council, Carlos Granados.
The offices and agencies that have participated in the XI Meeting both in face-to-face and online mode are the following:
– Antifrau Office of Catalonia
– Consello de Contas de Galicia
– National Anti-Fraud Coordination Service
– Transparency Agency of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona
– Management of the Analysis Services of the Barcelona City Council, managing body of the Ethical and Good Governance Mailbox
– Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency
– Office for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption in the Balearic Islands
– Municipal Office against Fraud and Corruption of the Madrid City Council
– Hearing of Accounts of the Canary Islands
– Independent Office for the Regulation and Supervision of Procurement
– Andalusian Office against Fraud and Corruption and Protection of the Whistleblower
– Office of Good Practices and Anti-Corruption of the Autonomous Community of Navarre
– National Commission on Markets and Competition

Institutional Declaration Document: 08_E8_Declaracion institucional Red_XI_CIT

The Agency signs a collaboration agreement with the City of La Yesa and brings the fight against fraud and corruption to small municipalities

La Yesa, September 2, 2022.– The mayor of La Yesa, Miguel Ángel Sanahuja, and the director of the Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency, have signed a collaboration protocol between both institutions to launch joint actions in the fight against fraud and corruption.
The City Council of La Yesa has committed to the elaboration of an Integrity Plan that will contemplate, among other issues, an institutional declaration of integrity; incorporating institutional integrity into strategic planning; the regulation and management of conflicts of interest; the training of the staff of the city council in matters of integrity; the promotion and dissemination of the culture of ethics and public integrity or the habilitation of a channel of complaints both internal and external.
To meet this last objective and thus comply with the European Directive 2019/1937 on the protection of whistleblowers of corruption, the City Council of La Yesa recognizes as an external channel of its complaints the complaints box of the Valencia Anti-Fraud Agency and adheres to it.
The mayor of La Yesa, declared that “collaboration between institutions is essential to consolidate the trust of neighbors, public workers and professionals in the total transparency of them. This city council, as responsible for the correct management of public resources, offers, through the complaints mailbox (internal and external), a mechanism so that these groups can present possible incidents in this area. Thus forming a robust system that allows us to achieve the goal. “
The director of the Agency, Joan Llinares, wanted to highlight “the example of the City Council of La Yesa, a population with just 200 inhabitants, which has not been an impediment to provide itself with mechanisms to fight against fraud and corruption”.
“The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency is there to help and collaborate with large administrations but also with smaller ones. In the Valencian Community 39% of the municipalities have less than 1,000 inhabitants and we are aware of the difficulties they have to face their work on a day-to-day basis and that is why from the Agency they have our support and collaboration to start up mechanisms to fight fraud and corruption and to work on the creation of ethics and public integrity,” Llinares added.
Small municipalities data
According to data from the INE corresponding to the year 2021 in the Valencian Community there are a total of 542 municipalities and of them 213, that is, 39% have less than 1,000 inhabitants.
By provinces in the case of Alicante of the 141 municipalities with which a total of 50 (35%) have less than 1,000 inhabitants; in the case of the province of Valencia of the 266 municipalities 81 (30%) have less than 1,000 inhabitants and finally in the provinces of Castellón this figure increases to 60% since of the 135 municipalities 82 do not reach ltos 1,000 people.
If we look at the whole of Spain of the 8,131 existing municipalities, 61% that is, 4,991 municipalities have less than 1,000 inhabitants.
Among the main problems that these small municipalities must face are those derived from the lack of personnel for the effective provision of municipal services to have fewer economic resources to cover the obligations established by law in terms of contracting or transparency, among many others.