" They knew they could not influence the EIB, and we look forward to continuing the cooperation in this regard."
OLAF and the Italian Anti-corruption agency both stressed the importance of signing Memoranda of Understanding to facilitate the exchange of information and to perform joint investigations. Furthermore, the idea of a European anticorruption agency was expressed by the , Director of the French Anticorruption agency.
The third and final panel was on Proactive Integrity Reviews, the new area of investigative cooperation. Three international institutions presented different approaches on the proactive side: the Global Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. The discussion, chaired by Coordinator for Proactive Integrity Reviews in EIB’s Fraud Investigations Division, Dominik Adamski, highlighted the importance of this proactive review/investigation work in mitigating the risk of corruption and other forms of prohibited conduct in cases that would otherwise continue undetected and unreported.
The concluding stages of the conference included an overview by Hakan Lucius of the key observations made by the different presenters throughout the day. These included:
- the importance of trust and effective coordination between investigating offices
- the challenges presented by a lack of resources available to investigate
- the variety of different legal frameworks across the many countries where corruption cases may arise.
Hakan emphasised the role that civil society and the press could play in finding and reporting cases of possible corruption.
In closing the conference, Bernie O’Donnell thanked the panellists who travelled from partner organisations in Washington, New York, Paris, London, Manilla, Brussels, Geneva, Rome and Lilongwe to give such thought-provoking and relevant presentations.
Bernie noted the increased number of EIB colleagues attending this year’s conference, which shows the interest within the Bank on the topic of corruption and the risk that corruption presents. The increased number of presenters is also positive because it shows the support of our key allies in the fight against corruption.