PROGRAMME OF THE LITHUANIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU
When the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the Law on the amendment and supplement of Articles 6, 7 of the Law on the Financial Crime Investigation Service on 9 September 2003, the Financial Crime Investigation Service under the MoI (hereinafter – the Service) becameentitled to disclose and investigate criminal acts related to the receipt and use of the EUand foreign countries’ financial support funds, implementing preventive measures precluding the embezzlement and squander of the EU and foreign countries’ financial support funds.
However, already before the consolidation of this function in the Law, the Service officers had already been disclosing a lot of criminal acts, through which there were attempts to illegaly receive the funds from the pre-accession SAPARD and PHARE 2000 support programs.
In 2002, FCIS was appointed responsible for co-operation with The European Anti-fraud Office.
In 2004, the Administrative Co-operation Agreement between OLAF and the Service was signed.
After Lithuania became a member of the EU, it was granted support funds from the EUStructural Funds, initiatives of the EC, Cohesion Fund (ISPA programme), the Guarantee Section of the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, other funds and financial instruments. Seeking to ensure the disclosure and investigation of criminal acts and other offences, related to receipt and use of the EU and foreign countries’ financial support funds, on 1st of March2005, a new structural unit was established at the Service – the Illegal Use of Support Investigation Division.
Structural changes have been made in 2011 and 2013. Since 1st of December 2013, The Illegal Support Prevention and Investigation Board (hereinafter – the ISPIB) began to function. The ISPIB consists of two divisions: Criminal Investigations Division and Criminal Intelligence and Prevention Division.
In 2013, implementing tasks entrusted to the Service, 14 pre-trial investigations related to the illegal receipt and use of the EU support funds were initiated, in the process of which the embezzlement of 11,7 million LTL and illegally received funds were detected, the amount of which totals 15,3 million LTL.Prevention and analysis
According to the Law on Criminal Intelligence, which entered into force on 1st ofJanuary 2013, the ISPIB collects, compiles, analyzes and summarizes information about illegal receipt and use EU's funds or foreign financial support resources. In the field of prevention the ISPIB regularly organizes meetings with the law enforcement institutions, institutions administrating the EU support and other institutions liable for the management and control of the EU and foreign countries’ financial support funds.Inter-institutional cooperation in Lithuania
The fact that the ISPIB officers participate in the development of the risk management system of administration and control of the EUsupport is of great importance for the anti-fraud efficiency. ISPIB also closely cooperates with the administrating institutions of the EUfinancial support.Fields of cooperation