Programme to promote activities in the field of the protection of the financial interests of the European Union 2014-2020 HERCULE III Open!

Objectives

The general objective of the Programme shall be to protect the financial interests of the Union thus enhancing the competi­tiveness of the Union’s economy and ensuring the protection of the taxpayers’ money.

The specific objective of the Programme shall be to prevent and combat fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting the financial interests of the Union. The specific objective shall be measured referring, inter alia, to target levels and baselines and through all of the following key performance indicators:

  1. The number of seizures, confiscations and recoveries following fraud cases detected by joint actions and cross-border operations.
  2. The added value and effective use of the co-financed technical equipment.
  3. The exchange of information among Member States on the results achieved with the technical material.
  4. The number and type of training activities, including the amount of specialised training.

Actions

The operational objectives of the Programme shall be all of the following:
  1. To improve the prevention and investigation of fraud and other illegal activities beyond current levels by enhancing transnational and multi-disciplinary cooperation;
  2. To increase the protection of the financial interests of the Union against fraud by facilitating the exchange of information, experiences and best practices, including staff exchanges;
  3. To strengthen the fight against fraud and other illegal activities by providing technical and operational support to national investigation, and in particular customs and law enforcement, authorities;
  4. To limit the currently known exposure of the financial interests of the Union to fraud, corruption and other illegal activities with a view to reducing the development of an illegal economy in key risk areas such as organised fraud, including cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting;
  5. To enhance the degree of development of the specific legal and judicial protection of the financial interests of the Union against fraud by promoting comparative law analysis.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the programme is:

  • 104,92 Million EUR (Global Budget)

Further information about the programme

Useful documents

Official webpage of the programme