ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ANTI-FRAUD IN RELATION TO THE USE OF EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS
The European Commission in co-operation with Transparency International is organising on 3 December 2013 in Brussels a Conference on anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in relation to the use of European Structural and Investment Funds.
The Conference will not only analyse fraud and corruption issues, but will go one step further: which measures can we take to mitigate the risk of fraud and corruption in relation to the management of these funds?
Aim of the conference
Corruption and fraud in general and in the specific context of the management of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) receive increasing public and political attention. With the new generation of ESIF programmes to be adopted at the beginning of 2014, the Conference comes at a perfect time: the authorities in charge of the programmes are being asked to put more emphasis and resources on effective and proportionate anti-fraud measures taking into account the risks identified. The objective of the Conference is to showcase some tools and instruments which can help to raise awareness and identify fraud and corruption related risks. It will also address good practice examples which can be used for mitigating fraud and corruption linked to the management of the funds.
The Conference comes right before the annual international anti-corruption day on 9 December. Moreover, in early 2014 the Commission will present its first EU Anti-Corruption Report and Transparency International will release the 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index survey, all of which will serve as a good framework for the Conference and follow-up activities.
The Conference will bring together representatives from managing authorities, audit authorities, specialised anti-corruption authorities from Member States plus representatives from civil society and relevant NGO's.
The European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy will organise the Conference in close cooperation with DG HOME, OLAF and Transparency International and with the other DG's managing the European Structural and Investment Funds. The morning part of the Conference will be devoted to the scope and risks of fraud and corruption linked to the management of European Structural and Investment Funds. The afternoon session will have 4 parallel working groups organised around different themes linked to development of anti-corruption strategies and fraud risk assessment tools. The event will use voting and feedback tools to make participation as interactive as possible. A number of more focused follow-up events in selected member states are being planned for 2014.
The Conference will take place in The Square in Brussels on 3 December from 9:00 till 17:00.