STRUCTURAL FUNDS: 1st Seminar on anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures took placeMarch 24, 2014
Hat: The first country seminar on anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in European Structural and Investment Funds took place in Bratislava
Funding Scheme: 2014-03-24
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
On 13 March, the European Commission in co-operation with the Government Office of the Slovak Republic and Transparency International Slovakia, organised a seminar on the prevention of fraud and corruption in the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.
The seminar is part of the preparations for the implementation of ESI programmes in the period 2014-2020. The legal framework for the new programming period contains the explicit requirement for authorities managing those funds to put in place measures for fraud prevention.The seminar is part of the preparations for the implementation of ESI programmes in the period 2014-2020. The legal framework for the new programming period contains the explicit requirement for authorities managing those funds to put in place measures for fraud prevention. Against this background, representatives from the EU institutions, Slovak national authorities and civil society organisations met to share experiences and discuss ways of safeguarding investments from possible misuse.
The key message from the event was that there should be a clear “zero tolerance” policy regarding fraud and corruption. The ESI funds are a significant proportion of public investment in Europe. In Slovakia it constitutes more than 80% of total public investment. It is important that this money is invested in sustainable growth and jobs and does not end in the wrong pockets.
The Commission stressed the importance of ensuring adequate administrative capacity of the authorities involved.The Commission also presented several new guidance documents which are intended to help managing authorities in assessing the risk of fraud and choosing appropriate mitigating measures. A separate workshop was organised to present a new IT tool called ARACHNE that allows identifying and monitoring risky projects.
The Slovak authorities presented the national measures that are currently in place for fighting fraud and corruption in the ESI funds, including the recently created National Strategy for the Protection of the EU financial interests and publication of the public contracts online. Additional measures are planned to be implemented to increase the transparency and impartiality of the project selection process. Transparency International Slovakia organised a session where several national good practice initiatives were presented in the field of fighting fraud and corruption in public procurement.
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