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ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ANTI-FRAUD IN RELATION TO THE USE OF EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS

Organised by the European Commission in co-operation with Transparency International

Programme

Agenda Agenda PDF

Conference Brochure Agenda PDF

3 December 2013 – Square Meeting Centre, Rue Mont des Arts - Brussels

The event will be webstreamed

08.00

Opening of the registration desk and welcome coffee

09:00 – 11:00

Plenary Session (EN - FR - DE) [Voting results PPT]

Moderator: Daniel Mouque, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Opening by:
Mr. Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion -  European Commission PDF

Keynote addresses by:

  • Mr. Miklos Marschall, Deputy Managing Director of  Transparency International
    "Building integrity together: how civil society and public institutions can fight corruption in Europe" PDF
  • Ms. Margarete Hofmann, Director, European Anti-Fraud Office, European Commission
    "Identifying and reducing corruption in public procurement in the EU" PDF
  • Ms Raluca Stefanuc, Team leader in Unit "Fight against Organised Crime", DG Home Affairs, European Commission
    "EU anti-corruption policies revisited – monitoring EU Member States' action against corruption" PDF

Q&A session

11.00 - 11.30

coffee break

11.30 - 13.00

Parallel thematic working groups – Session 1 (EN - FR - DE)
Working Group A: How to Manage Fraud Risks Chair: Ms. Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca, Director, DG REGIO
Working Group B: Data-mining tools for fraud prevention and detection Chair: Mr. Francisco Merchan Cantos, Director, DG EMPL
Working Group C: Why conflicts of interests in procurement matter and how to tackle them Chair: Mr. Martin Schauer, Deputy Head of Unit, OLAF
Working Group D: Integrity Pacts: bringing managing authorities and civil society together to tackle corruption Chair: Mr. Carl Dolan, Director, Transparency International EU office

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.30

Parallel thematic working groups – Session 2 (EN - FR - DE)
Working Group A: How to Manage Fraud Risks Chair: Ms. Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca, Director, DG REGIO
Working Group B: Data-mining tools for fraud prevention and detection Chair: Mr. Francisco Merchan Cantos, Director, DG EMPL
Working Group C: Why conflicts of interests in procurement matter and how to tackle them Chair: Mr. Martin Schauer, Deputy Head of Unit, OLAF
Working Group D: Integrity Pacts: bringing managing authorities and civil society together to tackle corruption Chair: Mr. Carl Dolan, Director, Transparency International EU office

15.30 - 15.45

Transition break

15.45 - 16.45

Closing Plenary Session (EN - FR - DE)

Interactive Discussion Panel:

  • Mr Walter Deffaa, Director General, DG Regional and Urban Policy;
  • Mr Stefano Manservisi, Director General, DG Home Affairs;
  • Mr Giovanni Kessler, Director General, European Anti-Fraud Office;
  • Mr Francisco Merchan Cantos, Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
  • Mr Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director, DG Internal Market and Services.
  • Mr Miklos Marschall, Deputy Managing Director of  Transparency International

Feedback from Working Groups and key questions from the audience will be transmitted to the Panel for discussion

16.45 - 17.00

Closing remarks by:

Mr. Walter Deffaa, Director General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

17.00 - 17.30

Farewell coffee

Description of workshops

Working Group A: How to Manage Fraud Risks [Voting results AM PPT PM PPT]

Chair: Ms. Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca, Director, DG Regional and Urban Policy

The fight against fraud in the use of ESI Funds must be a joint effort between the European institutions and the national/regional authorities managing the programmes. The European Commission must provide solid guidance to the relevant authorities and Member States must adopt structured and targeted measures to manage fraud risks.

The workshop has a double objective.  Firstly, it will present the Commission's guidance on how to identify and assess fraud risks on the one hand and how to put in place effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures on the other hand. And secondly, the workshop will present participants with an opportunity to share and exchange experience and good practices on fraud risk management. 

Speakers:

  • Leif Högnäs, Fraud prevention officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy.
    "Assessing fraud risks and putting in place effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures for the 2014-2020 programming period" PDF
  • Radim Bureš, Programme Director, Transparency International, Czech Republic.
    "EU funds – opportunity or risks?" PDF
  • Rolf Schlotterer. Director of Criminal Investigation Department of Dresden, State of Saxony, Germany.
    "The BORKOR principle - innovative methods and high-tech to combat fraud and corruption" PDF

Documents

  • Guidance note on fraud risk assessment and effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures PDF
  • Annex I PDF - Fraud risk assessment tool xls
  • Annex II: Recommended mitigating controls PDF
  • Annex III: Template for anti-fraud policy PDF
  • Annex IV: Checklist for the audit authority PDF

Working Group B: Data-mining tools for fraud prevention and detection [Voting results AM PPT PM PPT]

Chair: Mr. Francisco Merchan Cantos, Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Internal and external information about the implementation of the EU Structural Funds is available in many shapes. Very often it is scattered around and not very well organised or accessible. DG EMPL and DG REGIO have bundled their efforts in a successful attempt to explore the hidden truth behind certain projects. A hidden truth that casts a different light on beneficiaries, contractors and even sub-contractors. An application has been developed by DG EMPL and DG REGIO suggesting a quantum leap in the world of verification and auditing. Member States' authorities and Commission staff have now the instrument to better combat fraud and irregularities…it's called ARACHNE.

This working group session will present the data mining tool ARACHNE as well as the experience of one Member State (Portugal) in using it.

It will also draw the attention of the workshop participants to transparency initiatives run by the "Open Knowledge Foundation" that provide spending data from the EU Structural Funds and can help civil servants within Member States and the Commission to prevent fraud and to increase accountability of these funds.

Speakers:

  • Mark Schelfhout, Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
    "Fraud prevention and detection through the use of the data-mining tool ARACHNE in the Structural Funds" PDF
  • Luis Manuel de Oliveira Metelo, Team Leader, General Inspection of Finance, Portugal.
    "Member State's experience in using the data mining tool ARACHNE in the Structural Funds" PDF
  • Stefan Wehrmeyer, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.
    "Using open financial data to prevent fraud and make EU Structural Funds more accountable" PDF
  • Martin Kreutner, Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Austria.
    “(Anti)Corruption in the international context – trends and challenges”

Documents

Presentation on Arachne tool Agenda PDF

Working Group C: Why conflicts of interests in procurement matter and how to tackle them [Voting results AM PPT PM PPT]

Chair: Mr. Martin Schauer, Head of Unit, OLAF

The working group will focus mainly on conflict of interests in public procurement and address this complex issue around three building blocks:

  • Definition of conflict of interests situations and their link to corruption,
  • Actions and tools to ensure conflict of interests are properly declared (tone at the top, declarations of absence of conflict of interests, interests declarations, awareness raising, guidance, procedures),
  • Fraud indicators (red flags), checks and controls.

Participants will learn more about how conflicts of interests are perceived and tackled in different Member States and what practises exist. A short guide on conflicts of interests for managers developed by experts from 10 Member States in the context of the Advisory Committee for the Coordination of Fraud Prevention (COCOLAF) will be presented.

Speakers:

  • Martin Příborský, Legal and policy officer, Policy Development Unit, OLAF.
     "Definition of conflict of interests and its links to corruption" PDF
  • Anca Zamfir, Counsellor, Department for Fight Against Fraud (DLAF), Government of Romania.
    "Measures to mitigate the impact of conflicts of interests" PDF
  • Piotr Baczmański, Policy Analyst, Fraud Prevention Unit, OLAF.
    "Red flags, checks and controls" PDF

Documents

Study "Identifying and Reducing Corruption in Public Procurement in the EU" Agenda PDF

Working Group D: Integrity Pacts: bringing managing authorities and civil society together to tackle corruption [Voting results AM PPT PM PPT]

Chair:Mr. Carl Dolan, Director, Transparency International EU office

Each year, huge sums of money are spent through European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds in EU member states. Corruption and fraud are real risks wherever large sums of money are spent and require concerted action by managing authorities, private sector and civil society to address these risks. In order to bring these elements together TI has developed the “Integrity Pact” tool.

Integrity Pacts are a tool for preventing corruption in public contracting. They are essentially an agreement between the government agency offering a contract and the companies bidding for it that they will abstain from bribery, collusion and other corrupt practices for the extent of the contract.  To ensure accountability, Integrity Pacts also include a monitoring system typically led by an expert independent monitor or directly by civil society groups.

Integrity Pacts have been around since the 1990s, and have been applied in more than 15 countries and 300 separate situations. They help save taxpayer funds, ensure that infrastructure projects and other public works are delivered efficiently, and stave off avenues for illicit gain.

The workshop has as its objective to discuss how civil society and public authorities can work together in preventing corruption in ESI through integrity pacts. Drawing on the experience of the Bremen health clinic, this session will explore how integrity pacts can be used to detect and prevent corruption. Participants will be invited to actively participate and discuss how the Bremen example can be used to increase integrity in the managing of ESI.

Speakers:

  • Michael Wiehen, Senior procurement advisor, Transparency International.
    "Principles of Integrity Pacts and their global application" PDF
  • Dr. Kirsten Schubert, Physician and chair of the Transparency International Germany Working Group on Integrity Pacts.
    "The Integrity Pact and the reconstruction of Bremen city hospital" PDF
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gotthold, Attorney and Construction Expert.
    "Monitoring the Integrity Pact for Bremen city hospital"

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