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EUAF – Detection of illicit trade – 2023

Union Anti-fraud Program - Detection of illicit trade aiming at protecting the EU financial interests by preventing and combatting fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the EU financial interests.

9.65 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Finance Justice, Security, Defence Technology & Digital
Beneficiaries EU & International Organisation Local Authority & Affiliated Entity State administration & affiliated entities
Regions European Economic Area, European Union

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To protect the EU financial interests by preventing and combatting fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the EU financial interests
  • To support the purchase and maintenance of equipment and IT tools to strengthen beneficiaries’ operational and technical capacity to detect smuggled and counterfeited goods, including cigarettes and tobacco, imported into the Union with the intention of evading Value Added Tax, customs duties and/or excise taxe


  • Priority 1: to provide technical knowledge, specialised and technically advanced equipment and effective IT tools enhancing transnational and multidisciplinary cooperation and cooperation with the European Commission
  • Priority 2: to enhance staff exchanges for specific projects, ensuring the necessary support and facilitating investigations, in particular the setting up of joint investigation teams and cross-border operations
  • Priority 3: to provide technical and operational support to national investigations, in particular to customs and law enforcement authorities to strengthen the fight against fraud and other illegal activities
  • Priority 4: to build IT capacity in the EU Member States and non-EU countries, increasing data exchange and developing and providing IT tools for the investigation and monitoring of intelligence work
  • Priority 5: to organise specialised training, risk analysis workshops, conferences and studies aimed towards improving cooperation and coordination among services concerned with the protection of the EU financial interests

Among finances actions

  • Investigation and surveillance equipment and methods
  • Digital forensic hardware
  • Data analytics technologies and data purchases
  • Detection of illicit trade

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 months and 24 months


  • Be a national or regional public authority
  • Be an international organisation
  • Total budget: 10.55 million euro
  • Total budget of the call “Technical Assistance”: 9.65 million euro

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