ΘΑλΕΙΑ 2021-2027

Educational Two-Day Workshop
for the Protection of the EU’s Financial Interests

An educational two-day workshop on the “Protection of the EU’s financial Interests” was held in Nicosia on 27 and 28 March 2023. The workshop was organised by the Treasury of the Republic, under its remit for the responsible management of the financial operations of the public sector and the Programmes that are co-funded by the European Union, in cooperation with the Directorate General Growth of the Ministry of Finance, the competent Managing Authority for the co-funded Programmes “THALIA 2021-2027” and “Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture 2021-2027” and National Coordinating Authority for the Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the European Commission, the Law Office, the European Delegated Prosecutor of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Cyprus Police, the Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property, the Office of the Commissioner for Administration & the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman), the Independent Authority against Corruption, the Audit Office, the Internal Audit Service and the Office of the Commissioner for State Aid Control. Officers from the management, implementation and verification bodies for projects and schemes under the EU co-funded Programmes were also present.

Given the rapid increase in public funds invested through the co-funded Programmes, the aim of the two-day event was to provide effective training to Officers involved in the implementation of co-funded projects, to enable the assessment and prevention of possible cases of fraud, corruption, conflict of interest or double funding.

In her address, the Accountant General of the Republic, Mrs Rea Georgiou, highlighted the importance of the proper exploitation and use of resources, as a means of securing the financial interests of the EU and the smooth functioning and performance of the European project on the basis of its principles and values.

During the two-day event, attendees were informed, among others, on the tools used for the prior identification of conflicts of interest, the newly established bodies that contribute to the protection against corruption, the tools for receiving complaints in view of the adoption of the legislation on the protection of persons reporting violations of national and EU law, as well as the draft law for the establishment of the National Anti-Fraud Coordination Service aiming to protect EU Interests, which ensures the provision of the necessary contribution to the investigations carried out by OLAF in Cyprus.

The topics presented at the workshop included the following: “The role of OLAF and its cooperation with the National Anti-Fraud Coordination Service aiming to protect EU’s financial interests (AFCOS)”, “The management and control system of the Cohesion Policy Funds and the Recovery and Resilience Plan and the procedures in place to protect the Union’s financial interests”, “The role of supreme audit institutions in preventing and detecting fraud”, “The role of the Internal Audit Service in protecting the EU’s financial interests”, “The role of the Attorney General in investigating irregularities and possible fraud”, “The National Code of Conduct and the role of the Commissioner for Administration & the Protection of Human Rights in EU co-funded projects”, “The role of the Economic Crime Prosecution Sub-Directorate in the administrative and criminal investigations of EU co-funded projects” and “The new procedures for identifying conflicts of interest applied by the Treasury of the Republic”.

The workshop was co-funded by the EU, under the Cohesion Policy Programme “THALIA 2021-2027”.

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