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Corruption and Fraud in Public Procurement Seminar

DNA SeminarMore than 40 participants from 12 countries participated in a two-day seminar organized by the Romanian National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation and EPAC/EACN.

Entitled "Best practices and strategies in detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption and fraud in public procurement”, it took place on 7 and 8 June in Bucharest, Romania.The main purpose of the seminar was to provide a platform for participants to share experiences and best practices when it comes to dealing with cases of corruption in public procurement, from detection to sanctioning.

Discussions were stimulated by presentations from Francois Badie, Director of the French Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption, Frank Winter, Chief Prosecutor and head of the Section for Combating Corruption from Land Brandenburg, as well as HoratiuBaias, an anticorruption prosecutor within the DNA, on their respective national legislative frameworks and personal experiences. Marc Arno Hartwig, an investigator at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), contributed with a European perspective and specific public procurement findings from OLAF.

In addition, Mitja Jermol, Head of the Department of the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies in the Slovenian Jozef Stefan Institute and Gaber Cerle, Director of OurSpace, put forward analytical methods and tools in identifying and investigating corruption, and presented the concept of an integrated analytical environment for large-scale data analysis. William Loo, Senior Legal Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concluded the presentations with an overview of a 2011 study by the OECD and StAR focusing on aspects of particular relevance for corruption in public procurement.

Three round table discussions, chaired by Martin Kreutner, President EPAC/EACN, and Laura Stefan, an anticorruption expert from the Romanian Expert Forum were also part of the programme. Overall, the seminar was of an interactive nature and provided an opportunity for participants to express their opinions and concerns, and foster new ideas by identifying model modi operandi for different stages of the investigation.

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