Article 325 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union makes fighting fraud and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the Union a common task for both the Union and the Member States.
The Union supports Member States in their task by:
- continuing to protect the Union’s financial interests through financial support (previously offered by the Hercule III programme), in particular technical and operational investigation support, specialised training and research activities
- for mutual administrative assistance and cooperation in customs and agricultural matters, via notably the Anti-Fraud Information System (AFIS)
- for reporting irregularities via the Irregularity Management System (IMS)
By bringing together these three previously separated strands, the Union Anti-Fraud Programme (UAFP) is expected to increase synergies, to foster budgetary flexibility and to simplify management. The UAFP is primarily open to applications from EU Member States and from countries which have become associated to it.
The Programme has a budget of around EUR 181 million for the period 2021-2027, divided as follows: