International network

The Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia has collaborated and continues collaborating with several international and European anti-corruption bodies and networks. The Office has, since 2011, been a full member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) and European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN), the two most significant networks for collaboration and exchange of experiences in preventing and combatting corruption. The Office was a member of the IAACA executive committee until 2016 when it undertook a statute review, and has held the post of vice-president of the EPAC/EACN.

The Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia maintains exchange and collaboration relations with leading international bodies such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), especially as regards its Convention against Corruption and the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) in universities and other institutes of higher education. The Office also works with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), collaborating as advisors in the institutional reform of anti-corruption bodies, and with European bodies, in particular the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

Numerous collaboration agreements have been put in place with anti-corruption agencies with similar competences to undertake bilateral actions in the field of corruption prevention and the exchange of good practices. This has often been with the support of the European Commission’s TAIEX platform (Technical Assistance and Information Exchange) for pre-adhesion countries.

The Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia has participated along with other European agencies in rolling out projects financed by the European Union in the area of prevention of conflicts of interest (HERCULE III programme); prevention of corruption, especially in the private sector (ISEC programme, led by the Estonian Ministry of Justice); the European College of Financial Investigations and Financial Criminal Analysis –CEIFAC – (ISEC programme, led by the University of Strasbourg); and the promotion and exchange of best practices in detection, investigation and sanctioning of corruption in the EU (ISEC programme, 2012), the latter project led jointly with the French Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) and the Romanian Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. The Office has also been a beneficiary of some of these projects.

Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowing Authorities (NEIWA)

The Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia is a member of the Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowing Authorities (NEIWA). The Network is made up of authorities from member countries of the European Union, EU candidate countries and countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) that play a central role in the field of protection of whistleblowers (complaints, investigation , protection, support, advice, prevention, education and/or law enforcement).

Anti-Fraud subscribes to NEIWA's Declaration of Valencia to strengthen the role of whistleblowers and the organizations that protect them

The NEIWA Network of European authorities for the integrity and protection of whistleblowers has expressed concern about the closure of the Office for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption of the Balearic Islands

The Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowers Authorities (NEIWA) is formalized in Rome

Anti-Fraud organizes the meeting of the NEIWA Network of European authorities for the integrity and protection of whistleblowers, from which the Barcelona Declaration that calls for a correct transposition of the EU Directive emerges

Anti-Fraud organizes in Barcelona the meeting of the Network of European Authorities for the Integrity and Protection of Whistleblowers (NEIWA)

The Spanish Network of Anti-Fraud Offices and Agencies has prepared a Catalog of rights for whistleblowers, coinciding with the deadline for the transposition of the European Directive

NEIWA meets one week before the deadline for transposition of the EU Directive on the protection of persons who report infringements of EU law

Anti-Fraud signs the NEIWA's call three months before transposition of EU Directive on protection of whistleblowers into Member States' legislation

Anti-Fraud signs the NEIWA Utrecht statements with recommendations for the implementation of internal and external reporting channels

Anti-Fraud signs the NEIWA Brussels Declaration with recommendations for the transposition of the European Directive for the protection of whistleblowers

The Network of European Integrity and Whistleblowing Authorities NEIWA recommends key aspects in the future transposition of the Directive in the Member States

Valencia Declaration, on 19 of April 2024

Barcelona Declaration, on 17 of June 2022

Dublin Declaration, on 10 December 2021

Declaration with a final call, on 17 September 2021

Utrecht declarations for the establishment of internal reporting channels and for the establishment of externals reporting channels, on 4 June 2021

Rome declaration, on 26 june 2020

Brussels Declaration, on 14 December 2020

The EU Anti-Corruption Report of February 2014 which, while highlighting the lack of a comprehensive approach on the part of the Spanish government, specifically mentions Catalonia as an example of good practice for having established the Anti-Fraud Office, a multidisciplinary agency, “the only one of its kind in Spain”.

In addition, the Anti-Fraud Office works with various organisations from civil society, including Transparency International (TI), on projects such as the Transparency Indexes aimed at measuring the level of transparency of municipalities, autonomous communities, provincial councils, parliaments and public companies. Other similar projects include the ENIS assessment of the Spanish National Integrity System, and the Special Working Group on Regulation and Transparency in Lobbying, with its report, in Spanish, entitled “An evaluation of the lobby in Spain: analysis and proposals”.