How to report fraud or corruption
All members of the Council of Europe Secretariat at any level have a duty to report any reasonable suspicion of fraud or corruption.
What information shall be provided?
When providing information, please be as detailed as possible and indicate:
- What has happened;
- Who is involved;
- Where it took place;
- When did it happen;
- Why you consider it took place;
- How did it happen.
This will allow DIO to fully assess your information.
It should be noted also that the transmission of allegations in relation to suspected fraud or corruption which the reporting person knows are incorrect constitute a breach of the internal rules of the Council of Europe.
Please note that the information you report will only be accessible to the Director, the Head of the Internal Audit Division and the Investigator within the DIO.
Which means for reporting are available?
Via the Fraud reporting form
This email account is checked regularly and is accessible only to the Director, Head of Internal Audit and Investigator within the DIO.
By telephone at +33 (0)3 88 41 30 00
This number reaches an answer machine - where you can leave a voice message - which is accessible only to the Director, Head of Internal Audit and Investigator within the DIO.
By mail to:
The Director of DIO
Council of Europe
Avenue de l’Europe
Contact the DIO directly: if you are a Council of Europe staff member, we invite you to contact directly the Director, the Head of the Internal Audit Division or the Investigator within the DIO.
Is fraud reporting anonymous?
In accordance with Rule No. 1327 of 10 January 2011 on awareness and prevention of fraud and corruption "The identity of a person reporting information [...] shall not be disclosed, unless expressly authorised by him or her."
Rule 1327 also provides for protection of individuals who report reasonable suspicion of fraud and corruption; this protection can only be provided if the persons reporting information make their identity known to DIO.
If you do not wish to divulge your identity, please do still provide contact details, in order that DIO can request further information as part of their preliminary assessment.
The reporting of fraud and corruption could instigate a preliminary assessment to establish basic facts. An investigation will only be undertaken following a preliminary assessement if the DIO considers that sufficient elements justifiying opening of an investigation exists.