The Directorate General for Integrity (DGI) of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) was rendered fully operational, with a view to developing mechanisms to combat fraud and corruption in the tax system through a project worth 2.373 million euro, the institutions’ officials announced on Thursday.
According to official data, the purpose of the project entitled “Improving integrity in the National Agency for Fiscal Administration through institutional cooperation and capacity building” was to enhance the administrative capacity of DGI and to raise awareness among ANAF staff and the Romanian society in general about the measures taken for preventing and combating corruption and professional ethics violations, through cooperation and experience exchange with the Norwegian Tax Administration.
Within the framework of the project were also organized specialty conferences, an assessment study was conducted, focused on identifying vulnerabilities to corruption, equipment was purchased, training sessions for DGI and ANAF staff were organized and, last but not least, the IT SMAS application was developed and implemented, through which control institutions in Romania can access integrated database.
During the three years of implementation, a national awareness campaign against corruption within ANAF was organized and conducted nationally and locally. In addition, the civil servants in Romania were involved in the exchange of experience with colleagues from several European countries: Norway, Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Denmark.
The project “Improving integrity in the National Agency for fiscal Administration through institutional cooperation and capacity building” was implemented between October 30, 2014 and April 30, 2017 and the total budget amounted to 2.373 million euro, of which 85 pct represented funding through the Norwegian Financial mechanism 2009 – 2014, and 15 pct of the state budget.