Rome 19 – 20 January 2023 - Meeting of the Working Group on Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Irregularities
On January 19 and 20, the Corte dei conti hosted the second meeting of the Working Group on Prevention and Fight against Fraud and Irregularities in the context of the Contact Committee of the Presidents of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of the European Union.
The Working group, established in 2015, is chaired by the Italian Supreme Audit Institution in order to enhance cooperation among SAIs in the field of fraud towards EU revenues.
The President of the Corte dei conti, Mr. Guido Carlino, opened the working sessions and pointed out the importance of a proactive and coordinated approach by all relevant European institutions and Member Countries’ authorities.
Participants have respectively explained their national experiences and it was highlighted that although SAIs have different mandates and accordingly different functions, their role is fundamental in the fight against fraud and irregularities.
By underlining that the recent EU regulation imposes a structural change which, in turns, calls for a qualitatively different involvement from SAIs, Mr. Mauro Orefice, as Chair of the working group, launched a new activity to share ideas and experiences in this regard and invited the group members to a next meeting to discuss on updated methodology and control also considering the implementation of national recovery and resilience plans.
The meeting was attended by the Supreme Audit Institutions Working Group members.
A fundamental contribution to the meeting was given by the Prosecutor General of Corte dei conti, Mr. Angelo Canale, the Prosecutor General of the Italian Supreme Court, Mr. Luigi Salvato, the General Attorney at the Italian Supreme Court, Mr. Pasquale Fimiani, the Deputy Chief European Prosecutor at the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Danilo Ceccarelli, the Head of Unit at European Anti-fraud Office, Mr. Francesco Albore and the Brigadier General, Commander of the Special Unit for public Expenditure and EU Repression at Guardia di finanza, Mr. Danilo Petrucelli. Moreover, the meeting was activley attended by the President of the Audit Chamber for EU and Interational Affaries at Corte dei conti, Mr. Giovanni Coppola, the Regional Prosecutors at Sardinia and Marche’s Prosecutor Office at Corte dei conti, Mr. Bruno Tridico and Ms. Alessandra Pomponio and the Assistant Prosecutor General at the Regional Prosecutor Office of Basilicata and Member of the Audit Chamber for EU and Interational Affaries, Mr. Giulio Stolfi.