On November 2 and 3, 2023, a conference organised by various Irish institutions (the Irish National Police Ombudsman, the Irish Policing Authority, the Irish National Police Inspectorate and the Irish Department of Justice) brought together over 200 participants. About 100 institutions representing over 30 countries and jurisdictions were present.
In her opening speech, the Irish Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, highlighted the consequences of corruption for democracy and for the effectiveness of public policy.
The four main topics on the agenda were: whistleblowers, gender-based violence and corruption, safeguarding the financial interests of the European Union, and new challenges in corruption investigation and police control. Representatives from the European Commission, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Europol, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and national anti-corruption and police oversight institutions shared their views and experiences on the various topics of the conference.
The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau was awarded the EPAC prize for the most innovative anti-corruption initiative for their project « ABC Integrity, developed in collaboration with Polish universities around three axes:
- promoting the idea of honesty and ethics among young people;
- cooperation with researchers and the scientific community;
- specialized training in partnership with the Ministry of Finance for public sector employees and representatives of commercial companies.
The General Assembly ended with the adoption of the Dublin Declaration and the adhesion of five new members to EPAC. Linas Pernavas, Director of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania (STT), was elected President of the Board.