The Civil Guard and the General Intervention of the State Administration sign an anti-fraud protocol at European level

The document reinforces the cooperation between both institutions with a more agile communication in the event of fraud

The protocol also promotes joint advice and training for the prevention and fight against fraud of the financial interests of the European Union

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, and the Comptroller General of the State Administration (IGAE), Pablo Arellano, have signed today a General Protocol of Action for the coordination and cooperation in matters of fraud against the financial interests of the European Union.

The Civil Guard's relationship with the National Anti-Fraud Coordination Service (SNCA) –integrated in the IGAE- has been very close and fluid since its inception. This protocol reinforces their interrelation both in terms of training and collaboration in actions and investigations carried out in the field of fraud against the interests of the European Union.
With this signature, cooperation and coordination between both institutions is increased through three collaboration mechanisms: an agile communication channel for the transmission of information on fraud cases; the joint execution of investigations of administrative or criminal relevance as well as advice on specific matters for each body; and joint training for the prevention and fight against fraud.
The fight against economic crimes is a priority for the Civil Guard, especially against fraud against the Public Treasury and the interests of the European Union. Coordination with other institutions is essential for this task.
For its part, the SNCA carries out administrative investigation actions of possible irregularities and cases of fraud that affect the financial interests of the EU.
In this sense, the SNCA has a specific channel in place so that anyone who has knowledge of possible fraud or irregularities in relation to operations financed with EU funds, can report it.
Illicit activities committed against the financial interests of the Union constitute fraud in cohesion policy spending. In addition, they reduce the resources of the administrations and directly harm the rights of citizens, causing harm to society.
The 2019 Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the protection of the financial interests of the European Union and the fight against fraud, states that during the past year 939 fraudulent irregularities were reported, with an associated amount of approximately 461 , 4 million euros.
During 2019, the Civil Guard together with EUROPOOL led the OPSON IX operation against agri-food fraud, in which OLAF directed and coordinated the specific action aimed at guaranteeing tax compliance related to wine and alcoholic beverages.
In this operation, the Civil Guard detected more than 900 administrative offenses and 23 criminal offenses, with a balance of 19 people arrested and 40 investigated, who are accused of crimes against public health, falsification of documents, against consumers and fraud.
Among the main operations carried out by the Civil Guard are:
  • Operation AÑEJA in which a criminal organization dedicated to the counterfeiting of alcoholic beverages of different brands and their subsequent distribution was dismantled, managing to identify those responsible for each of the processes carried out in the criminal activity: manufacturing, warehouse, seal and distributors. 14 people were investigated and 21,060 bottles valued at more than 316,000 euros were seized.
  • Operation VEZA: in which numerous investigations have been carried out in relation to irregularities in the application for aid from the PAC (Community Agrarian Policy), consisting of the use of third-party farms, without their knowledge or authorization, to request / receive the aids mentioned.

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