EIB hosts 13th annual Conference of International Investigators
24 September 2012
On September 12-14, the EIB hosted the 13th annual Conference of International Investigators. More than 125 investigators from International Financial Institutions, OLAF (European Anti-Fraud Office), the United Nations and other agencies came to Luxembourg to discuss issues of common concern in the field of investigations. After the welcome address by EIB’s Inspector General, Jan Willem van der Kaaij, EIB Vice President Simon Brooks stressed the importance of integrity to international organisations.
The Franz Brüner (the former Director General of OLAF) Memorial Lecture was given by Ros Wright, the Chair of the UK’s Fraud Advisory Panel. In his closing remarks, Giovanni Kessler (Director General of OLAF) emphasised the need for reinforced exchange of investigative information amongst international organisations. The Conference was chaired by Duncan Smith, from the EIB’s Fraud Investigations Division.
Issues discussed at the Conference included: Working with bi-lateral aid agencies, fraud in aid and reconstruction programmes, opportunities for fraud prevention, developments in technology, forensic IT investigations and implementing sanctions mechanisms.
The Conference is an annual event that has previously been hosted by OLAF, the World Bank, Interpol, the UN (United Nations) and EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) amongst others.
African Development Bank will host the next Conference in Tunis in September 2013.
In a recent interview in New York with Bloomberg TV at the margins of the UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week, EIB President Werner Hoyer discussed the current energy crisis and efforts to develop renewable energy and infrastructure. Questioned by presenters Alix Steel and Guy Johnson on the EIB’s energy lending policy, President Hoyer said, “We need to stay the course on decarbonisation." Decarbonisation, he said, requires a much stronger focus on innovation, development and climate. "Decarbonisation is not a luxury, it’s an imperative if we want to keep our planet alive."
EIB Vice President Christian Kettel Thomsen has praised the recent completion of the Modiano Emporium in Thessaloniki, a long-awaited urban renewal project which was made possible by financing from the EIB.
Teresa Czerwińska – Vice-President of the European Investment Bank is participating in the 31st Economic Forum in Karpacz, in Lower Silesia (Poland), as a speaker in the opening session and she will be talking about EIB’s support for the green transition and EIB’s involvement in supporting Ukraine and EU countries hosting refugees.