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Collaboration needed to fight aid fraud

Auditors and investigators must work together to fight aid programme fraud, says EU commissioner

Close collaboration between auditors and investigators is vital in fighting
fraud in development aid programmes, the European Union’s (EU) commissioner for
audit and anti-fraud Siim Kallas has said.

Speaking to a conference in Brussels, he said investigators probing frauds in
often chaotic and poorly-policed developing countries would find the ‘support of
the auditors often indispensable’, providing ‘a solid backing to investigators’.

Kallas also stressed that auditors and the EU anti-fraud unit OLAF needed to
work more closely with other international anti-crime agencies, national member
state investigators and those of aid-receiving countries.

‘Networking between prosecutors, police officers, investigators and other
anti-fraud services is not only beneficial but a necessary condition that
determines the final outcome of all investigations,’ he said.

OLAF, he said, had noted aid fraudsters were becoming increasingly
imaginative, notably targeting non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which
increasingly receive EU aid and often need to improve accounting controls, he
said.

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