Some information about ISES and OLAF
The conference has been organised by Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico ISES (IT).
The conference is supported by the European Union Programme Hercule III (2014-2020), a programme implemented by the European Commission. The new anti-fraud Programme Hercule III entered into force on 21 March 2014. The Regulation for the Hercule III Programme was adopted on 26 February 2014 by the European Parliament and by the Council and it will make available an amount of EUR 104.9 million to support Member States in fighting fraud, corruption and other illegal activities. The Programme helps finance concrete projects such as the purchase by national authorities of x-rays scanners and other technical equipment to stamp out smuggling and other criminal activities against the EU’s financial interests. The fight against tobacco smuggling continues to be an important area of focus under this Programme. Tobacco smuggling is estimated to produce losses of at least EUR 10 billion to national and EU budgets every year. Through the financing of x-rays scanners and other technical equipment in harbours and airports, for example, Hercule III funding can boost Member States’ capacity to fight this criminal activity. More than EUR 70 million will be earmarked for these activities for the 2014-2020 period (for more information see http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/policy/hercule/index_en.htm ).
ISES statutory aims are the promotion of Europe in Italy and the support to public bodies, business and third sectors to access EU funding by means of a continuous side by side work throughout the bureaucratic, administrative and management path respecting the rules set by the European Commission. Please visit: www.associazioneises.org.
OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission. Since its foundation in 1999, OLAF completed 3 500 investigations which resulted in: over €1.1 billion recovered to the EU budget and, cumulative of 900 years of prison sentences. Drawing on its accumulated knowledge and experience, OLAF helps the authorities responsible for managing EU funds – inside and outside the EU – to understand fraud types, trends, threats and risks, and to protect the EU’s financial interests by preventing fraud of all kinds.