Implementing mutual collaboration and ensuring adequate legality protection for the resources of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. This is the aim of the memorandum of understanding signed today by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Guardia di Finanza (Italian Finance Police).
The cooperation agreement, signed by the Commander General of the Guardia di Finanza, Gen. C.A. Giuseppe Zafarana, and the General Accountant of the Italian State, Biagio Mazzotta, is based on the awareness that an epoch-making initiative such as the NRRP, which is destined to be the driving force for the relaunch and growth of Italian economy, requires the closest synergy between the Administrations, in line with the requirements of European regulations to combat cases of fraud, corruption, conflicts of interest and double financing, which are detrimental to the financial interests of the EU.
In this context, Decree Law number 77 of 2021 has regulated the governance system of the plan, providing, on the one hand, for the establishment of dedicated audit and monitoring bodies within the State General Accounting Office and the central administrations called upon to implement the projects and interventions, and, on the other, the possibility for the latter to enter into specific memoranda of understanding with the Corps. As regards the modalities of collaboration, the sharing - also through the interoperability of the respective databases - of an important wealth of information is sanctioned, consisting of data and information on the subjects implementing, carrying out and executing the interventions financed by the NRRP.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed in Italy (MoU) is unique in Europe, as it provides for the express involvement in the control system of a law enforcement agency, such as the Guardia di Finanza, which represents the economic and financial police force, with general competence, of the country.
Additional information about the Memorandum of Understanding available here https://www.mef.gov.it/ufficio-stampa/comunicati/2021/Siglato-il-protocollo-dintesa-tra-Ministero-dellEconomia-e-Guardia-di-Finanza-a-tutela-delle-risorse-del-Piano-Nazionale-di-Ripresa-e-Resilienza/