València, February 18, 2022.- The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency has approved a Code of Ethics and Conduct that includes the ethical principles and values of good governance that must inform all the Agency’s actions and will regulate impartiality, confidentiality and conduct that must necessarily be observed by the staff, especially with regard to the conflict of interest.
The Code is structured in seven chapters, forty articles, an additional provision, a transitional provision and two final provisions and is an internal instrument of self-regulation and mandatory compliance.
Chapter III regulates the system of incompatibilities to be applied to personnel, the management of conflicts of interest or the obligation to submit responsible declarations as mechanisms to guarantee the effectiveness of the principles and rules of conduct contained in the Code. The responsible declarations will be presented to the Agency management and they will include the activity and ownership of goods, obligations and property rights, as well as an annual declaration of income received.
Chapter IV provides for the creation of an Ethics Committee that will ensure the proper application of the code and help resolve all controversies and that will be made up of a maximum of 4 people. Three of these people are external to the AVAF and will be professionals of recognized prestige in the field of defense of ethics, integrity and public transparency, at least one of the three being a lawyer, and one of them must also be part of the AVAF. of the Agency’s Participation Council.
This Ethics Committee will also include an official from the Agency who was elected this morning in a secret vote among the staff themselves.
Chapter V regulates the Agency’s internal complaints mailbox as a channel for receiving complaints and forwarding queries addressed to the Ethics Committee and in which the confidentiality of complainants is guaranteed, as well as the possibility of making complaints. anonymous.
Chapter VI contains the consequences derived from a breach of the Code of Ethics and where a distinction is made between punishable conduct and ethically reprehensible conduct and in Chapter VII mentions the dissemination and training actions that will be carried out to give know the existence of said Code as well as its content by the Agency staff.
The Code of Ethics is available on the Agency’s website and can be accessed at this link: