Actions and commitments in the fight against fraud

Actions and commitments in the fight against fraud Information on commitments and actions taken by the General direction of autonomous and Local Cooperation in detecting and combating fraud, and other information of interest about the subject.

INSTITUTIONAL DECLARACIÓN of the General direction of autonomous and Local Cooperation in the field of fraud

The General direction of autonomous and Local Cooperation, as Intermediary of management authority, adheres to the next institutional declaration made by General direction of EU Funds (today, General Direction of European funds) fraud in:

"the management authority (AG) of the operational programmes of the FEDERA 2014 ‐ 2020 is an integrated unit in the General direction of EU Funds, the ministry of finance and Public Administrations of the government of Spain.

One of the main objectives for that period is to strengthen, within the scope of its powers, the anti-fraud policy in the development of its functions. Therefore, the AG wants to express their commitment to the highest standards in the implementation of legal standards, ethical and moral and its accession to the strictest principles of integrity, objectivity and honesty, so that its activity is perceived by all actors associated with it as opposed to fraud and corruption in any of its forms. All members of its management team assume and share this commitment.

On the other hand, public employees that comprise the AG have, among other duties, “ ensure the general interests, subject and observance of the constitution and the rest of the legal system, and act in accordance with the following principles: objectivity, integrity, neutrality, responsibility, impartiality, confidentiality, dedication to public service, transparency, exemplary, austerity, accessibility, effectiveness, honesty, promotion of environmental and cultural environment, and respect for equality between women and men ” (Law 7 / 2007 of 12 April, the Basic Status of Public employee, Article 52).

The objective of this policy is to promote within the organization a culture that discourages any fraudulent activity and to facilitate their prevention and detection, promoting the development of effective procedures for the management of these assumptions. Thus, among other actions, AG has a procedure to declare situations of conflict of interest.

The functions of management authority is assumed by the General Office FEDERA management, which account for this purpose with a team of risk assessment, for the revision and regular updating of the anti-fraud policy, as well as monitoring results. Also counts with the collaboration of different responsible and managers of processes to ensure that there is an appropriate internal control system within their respective areas of responsibility and ensure, in its case, due diligence in implementing corrective measures.

From the checks and controls in the preliminary stages by the AG, the certification authority also provides, for its part, a system that registers and stores the precise information of each operation to ensure the reliability and regularity under spending.

The AG has launched proportionate and effective action to combat fraud, based on the experience gained in prior periods and in the recent fraud risk assessment done in effect. Additionally, has procedures to denounce those irregularities or suspected fraud that could be detected, either through internal channels notification either directly to the European office for combating fraud (OLAF). All reports will be treated in the strictest confidentiality and according to the rules regulating this area.

Ultimately, AG has a policy of zero tolerance towards fraud and corruption and has established a robust control system, specially designed to prevent and detect, to the extent possible, acts of fraud and correct its impact, in the event of.

This policy and all procedures and relevant strategies are supported by the national coordination service against fraud, created by Royal Decree 802 / 2014, September 19 (BOE 26), with which reviewed and updated this policy continuously
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Information channels and denounces

Information channels and denounces

The General direction of autonomous and Local Cooperation has enabled the following email address to the attention of generic consultations or communications sobrelas funded operations FEDERA (2014-2020), whose management participates such General Direction as middle management

Without limiting the foregoing, there is also aCOMPLAINTS CHANNEL (communication of information on fraud or irregularities affecting European funds) established by NATIONAL SERVICE OF previous COORDINACIÓN IGAE.

Beneficiary entities must channel its consultations or incidences through specific channel enabled in the implementation Galatea.

Other measures taken by the Intermediary.

► code of conduct of employees at the service of Intermediary.

► red flags that will be taken into consideration in verification procedures of spending.

► on classification Criteria and procedures regarding irregularities and suspected fraudin operations or projects that are being a judicial proceeding criminal (set by the national coordination service Fraud).

News in fight against fraud.

Following the publication in the Official Journal of the state past 21 February 2019,Organic Law 1 / 2019, 20 February, amending the organic law 10 / 1995, of November 23, the Penal code, to transpose directives of the European Union in the areas of finance and terrorism, and address issues of international character, has been modified writing articles 305 and 308 of the Penal codebearing especially on the management of aid from FEIE.

As provided by THE 1 / 2019, the modification will enter into force on the 20th day of its publication in the Official Journal of the state.