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Cooperation in the Anti-Fraud Sector

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«The Project «Cooperation in the Anti-Fraud Sector» has been designed by the Italian Afcos to follow up on the initiative promoted by the Group on Combating Fraud (GAF) of the Council of the European Union under the recent (2014) Italian Presidency which aimed at stimulating the proposal for an European Regulation which makes possible the "mutual administrative assistance" between the Member States in a sector not jet covered, such as that of Structural Funds (as to date, in this sector a direct exchange on data and information between the competent authorities of Member States is not possible as opposed to what happens in the Common Agricultural Policy, based on Reg. 515/97 and  "Naples II" Convention, 12/18/1997).

The project aims to improve the functioning of the anti-fraud systems at European and national levels, strengthening cooperation between the participating countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain), anti-fraud authorities and their officials.

The project will be mainly focused to:

  • exchanging best practices and experiences on the operative activities and will cover the methods of combating irregularities in the EU's structural and investment funds (ESIF), mainly with reference to cases of transnational frauds (i.e. false invoices or false supporting documents relating to expenditures, presented by the national beneficiary under the project financed by structural funds but issued by an economic operator based in another Member State; false o counterfeit insurance policies guaranteeing payment presented by the beneficiary to the Paying Agency/Managing Authority to ensure the proper compliance with the provisions concerning public financing incentives (as regards substantial investments, the “proof” of the potential beneficiary’s capital strength is usually required), but issued by an entity acting in another Member State, etc.;
  • sharing -by means of a thorough analysis of the best practices- the European, national and international strategies to prevent fraud against the Union’s financial interests;
  • disseminating knowledge, mainly on better identification of risk for investigative purposes;
  • build a network of contacts and knowledge between the representatives anti-fraud (i.e. AFCOS, Law Enforcement and other investigative Authorities).

The training action will be carried out through an International Conference in Rome (19-20/5/2016) and Bruxelles (9/11/2016) and 7 Round tables in: Madrid (16-17/6/2016), Rotterdam (30/6-1/7/2016), Luxembourg (14-15/7/2016), La Valletta (25-26/08/2016), Zagreb (15-16/9/2016), Paris (13/10/2016) and Bucharest (25-26/10/2016).

The International Conference in Rome to be held on 2016,  May 19 and 20 was promoted in order to enable all the Delegations which accepted the Italian invitation for a partnership to discuss  - together with the OLAF -  about the usefulness of a Regulation which makes possible the mutual administrative assistance between the Member States in the structural funds sector through the analysis of any practical transnational fraud cases detected by the respective National Authorities during their controls.

Therefore, during the Conference and, in particular, during the workshops to be held in the afternoon of May 19, all the delegates of the Partner Member States will be invited to present similar cases or any other cases of transnational fraud detected by the respective National Authorities during controls in the structural funds sector.


Conference proceedings:
Speakers [.rar - 4,82 Mbyte]
Partner member States [.rar - 3,99 Mbyte]
Workshop groups - conclusions [.rar - 159 Kbyte]


This conference is supported by the European Union Programme Hercule III (2014-2020). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to promote activities in the field of the protection of the financial interests of the European Union (for more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/about-us/funding/index_en.htm
This communication reflects the view only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of information contained therein.


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