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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

Fraud prevention in Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

We take very seriously every indication of financial wrongdoing impacting the EU budget and we work closely with our partners and beneficiaries to fight fraud and corruption.

Whether you are a committed citizen of the EU, a fund manager, a coordinator or a beneficiary of a project, reporting and fighting fraud against EU funds is your obligation and a way to reach our mutual goals. Any diversion of funds from their intended purpose may affect the objectives of our activities and harm involved citizens. If you manage or receive the EU funds, you must ensure full compliance with your contractual obligations related to the prevention of fraud. Financial wrongdoing can impact fair and transparent competition, financial interests of projects, and ultimately the economic and social development in the country or region.

Anyone with relevant information or a suspicion regarding possible wrongdoing involving EU funds is strongly encouraged to report the matter to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

The Commission also established the EDES to facilitate the detection of persons and entities that pose a risk to the EU’s financial interests.

Please, consult DG NEAR’s factsheet ‘Fighting fraud in EU external relations’ (available in English, French and Arabic) for more information.