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No Fraud

About the conference

Overpaid websites for receiving grants, training ghost courses with forged signatures to reach the minimum number of participants and funded unduly by the European Social Fund and holidays abroad passed off as internationalization are just some of the cases of fraud recently discovered by the Italian Guardia di Finanza against the EU budget.

As indicated in the OLAF 2013 report, a total of 484 investigation cases were ongoing at the end of 2013. The Structural Funds sector accounted for the highest number of investigations (149 in 2013 compared to 134 in 2012). Investigations concerned mainly tendering procedures that were irregular.

In times of budgetary austerity and financial crisis it is important that the European Commission sets out new rules in order to protect the EU’s financial interests and tax payers’ money from fraud and to guarantee a proper use of public funds.  The protection of the EU’s financial interests under criminal law and by administrative investigations incorporates the participation of the Police, prosecutors and judges in EU Member States who are the major bodies to intervene for the protection of  EU finances.  Nevertheless, the levels of protection among EU Member States vary as well as the procedures followed in order to protect EU funding being implemented in national cross-border or transnational European projects.

EU-funded projects put high demands on project leaders and coordinators. Especially correct financial accounting of projects constitutes a great challenge. Beneficiaries have to follow strict and complex rules set up by the European Commission. The project needs to be correctly managed with respect to   its financial accounting. If you as beneficiary do not fulfil your financial accounting obligations, both the European Commission and the designated national authorities can “freeze” your funding or even reclaim it completely.  

Many authorities within the management and control system of EU Funds still face considerable difficulties and uncertainties when it comes to detecting and handling (suspected) fraud cases. They are presented with the challenge of distinguishing these cases from irregularities as well as identifying necessary actions. Yet, counteracting fraud in EU expenditure, which includes EU funded investments, is always a top priority in the European Union. Therefore, the development of concrete mechanisms and the management of actions with regard to (suspected) fraud detection and handling must not be undervalued by authorities involved in the management and control system of EU Funds. Particular alertness is especially necessary in the field of public procurement which is very prone to fraud.

The conference aims to discuss how to prevent frauds in EU funds managed by Member States and in EU funds managed by the Commission. It also aims to present in detail the differences between irregularities and fraud and provides assistance on how to prevent, detect and combat fraud in the field of EU funded projects in Italy and in the EU in general. Furthermore, it will focus on how to develop an efficient fraud audit strategy and how to monitor and control to prevent fraud in EU funded projects. It will aim to examine the possibilities for strengthening the management and control systems for fraud prevention and provides guidance on how to understand the indicators and to proceed in case of fraud detection. In conclusion, it will aim to emphasise the implications, both financial and criminal, in case of fraud.


This website is supported by the European Union Programme Hercule III (2014-2020). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to promote activities in the field of the protection of the financial interests of the European Union. 

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