Whistle Blowing of Irregularities Under EU Projects
The main task in managing the EU funds is the protection of the Community's financial interests against fraud, irregularities and corruption through transparency of the procedures for management and control of the assistance. The submission of alerts on technical, financial or administrative IRREGULARITIES, SUSPECTED FRAUD and FRAUD, occurred during the implementation of projects and programmes funded by European Union Funds is a precondition for taking legal actions. The timely detection and reporting are among the measures to counteract corruption and organized crime, where the active civil position of every member of the society is greatly relied on.
In execution of Council of Ministers' Decree No 18 of 04.02.2003 on the Establishment of a Council Coordinating the Fight against the Infringements affecting the Financial Interests of the European Communities (prom. SG issue No 13 of 11.02.2003) the Ministry of Finance has designated responsible irregularity officers and their substitutes in the National Fund Directorate as well as in the Centralised Contracting and Public Procurement Directorate.
The National Fund Directorate performs the functions of Certifying Authority under the following programmes:
- Operational Programme Good Governance 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Innovation and Competitiveness 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme SME Initiative 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Regions in Growth 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Transport and Transport Infrastructure 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Environment 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014-2020;
- Operational Programme under Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived 2014-2020;
- Programmes for European Territorial Cooperation 2014-2020: Republic of Bulgaria - Republic of Serbia, Republic of Bulgaria - Republic of Turkey, Republic of Bulgaria - FYRoM;
- Operational Programmes co-financed under the Structural and Cohesion Funds for the 2007-2013 programming period;
- Bilateral programmes for cross-border cooperation on the external borders of the EU for the period 2007-2013: Republic of Bulgaria - FYRoM, Republic of Bulgaria - Republic of Serbia and Republic of Bulgaria - Republic of Turkey.
More information on the above programmes is available on the websites of the programmes' Managing Authorities. Additional information on the management of the Operational Programmes as well as the websites of the Managing Authorities are available at: http://www.eufunds.bg/
The National Fund Directorate performs the functions of central treasury entity that manages the aid granted to Bulgaria by the European Community under the pre-accession programmes PHARE, CF (Regulation 1164/94)/ ISPA and SAPARD in connection with their closure.
The Centralised Contracting and Public Procurement Directorate addresses any irregularities under the PHARE Programme Pre-accession Instrument, the Transition Facility and the Schengen Facility.
The institutions you may submit your alerts to are as follows:
Alerts on irregularities under the above programmes may be submitted on the websites of the programmes' Managing Authorities as well as to the National Fund Directorate by means of filling in the special form HERE or to e-mail .
Each person has the right to submit alerts on irregularities, suspected fraud or fraud occurred in connection with the implementation of projects co-financed by European Union Funds, Instruments and Programmes. Any oral or written alerts may also be submitted anonymously.
According to the EU legislation, whistle-blowers of irregularities and fraud are subject to protection (Commission Communication (SEC/2004/0151) of 06.02.2004).
The alerts are recorded in the document management system of the administration.
The alerts are considered as per the responsibilities of the Directorates. Any alert on an irregularity, suspected fraud or fraud which is not related to the activity of these Directorates is forwarded to the relevant administrative structure, to whose activity it is related; the whistle-blower is informed thereof, in case his/ her address is indicated. The employees at the structures administering EU Funds, Instruments and Programmes must submit alerts on irregularities to the head of the structure and/or the competent internal unit in charge of examining the alerts submitted at the respective institution.
In order to enable maximum quick response to the alert and taking of subsequent measures you are recommended to provide sufficiently detailed information about the facts you are aware of. As a minimum, the alert should provide a clear reference to the specific project, the financing programme, the administrative unit and a description of the irregularity.
In case of involvement or suspected involvement of any of the heads of the above Directorates in the irregularity for which the alert is submitted, you may submit an alert on irregularities at the Registry Office of the Ministry of Finance or via e-mail: , signed by a universal e-signature directly to:
- the Minister of Finance;
- the line Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Finance;
- the Director of the Protection of the Financial Interests of the European Union Directorate (AFCOS) to the Ministry of Interior;
- the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to the European Commission.
Whistle-blowing of irregularities
Submit your alert on an irregularity to:
- The National Fund - the Directorate is responsible for addressing any irregularities referring to the activities of the Directorate itself.
Upon submission of the alert on irregularities the system generates a reference number and an access code. Keep this data if you want to follow-up the status of your alert later on.
Checking the status of alerts on irregularities:
Check the status of your alert by entering the reference number and the access code provided by the system upon its submission.
Legal acts regulating the procedures of addressing irregularities under Funds, Instruments and Programmes co-financed by the European Union:
- Council of Ministers' Decree No 18 of 04.02.2003 on the Establishment of a Council Coordinating the Fight against the Infringements affecting the Financial Interests of the European Communities (prom. SG issue No 13 of 11.02.2003)
- Ordinance setting the Procedures of Addressing Irregularities under Funds, Instruments and Programmes co-financed by the European Union