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23rd and 24th of June 2022 / 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm BST

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Day 1 - Panel 2 - 23rd of June 2022, 3:20-4:20 pm (BST)

Challenges and perspectives in countering tax fraud and corruption: the European Union level

Interactive Table of Contents

  • Panel Introduction: Dr. Donato Vozza

  • Presentation 1: Prof. Umut Turksen
    Tax enforcement challenges in the European Union

  • Presentation 2: Dr. Valeria Sico
    EPPO cross-border investigation in VAT fraud

  • Presentation 3: Prof. Carlos Weffe
    A stormy relationship: substantive and criminological challenges in the fight against corruption and VAT fraud

  • Presentation 4: Massimiliano Vincenti
    The European Anti-fraud role in fighting tax fraud and corruption: challenges and trends for the future

  • Question & Answer Time

Suggested Citation

APA: [Speaker's surname, initial(s)] (2022, June 23). VIRTEU International Final Conference, Panel 2. Video recording at [00:00]. Retrieved from

HARVARD: [Speaker's surname, initial(s)] (2022) VIRTEU International Final Conference, Panel 2. Video recording at [00:00]. Available at:

OSCOLA: [Speaker's name and surname] ‘VIRTEU International Final Conference’, Panel 2 (Corporate Crime Observatory, 23 June 2022), Video recording at [00:00], <>

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Chair - Dr. Donato Vozza

Donato Vozza is Lecturer in Criminal Law at the Faculty of Business and Law of the University of Roehampton in London. Previously, he served as Research Associate in Financial Crime at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University (UK). He participated in several international research projects including the EU Horizon 2020 Project PROTAX and the VIRTEU project funded by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Donato also served as Associate Lawyer at Chiomenti International LLP where his foremost areas of expertise were corporate crime, business integrity, human rights, as well as international, transnational, and European criminal law.

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Prof. Umut Turksen
“Tax enforcement challenges in the European Union”

Umut Turksen is a Professor in Law at the Centre Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University. Umut is a business-facing legal academic, and he is interested in the practical application of the law in innovation, societal security and development. He has provided consultancy and training to prestigious international businesses and government projects. He led the EU-funded project "PROTAX," which focused on the countering tax crimes in Europe and he is currently coordinating another EU funded project, TRACE, ( which aims to create technology-based solutions for tracking illicit money flows. Umut has also published on energy law and security, international trade law, and arbitration.

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Dr. Valeria Sico
“EPPO cross-border investigation in VAT fraud”

Valeria Sico has been a Deputy Prosecutor since 2004. In 1994 she graduated in Criminal Procedure at the Faculty of Law of the Naples’ University "Federico II" and from 1999 to 2001 she obtained a PhD and a Master in "Criminal Law and Procedure." From 2001 to 2003 she held as Chief Commissioner at the Police Headquarters of Naples. From 2004 to 2021 she held the position of Deputy Prosecutor of the Tribunal of Nola and Naples. On May 2021 she became an Italian European Delegated Prosecutor for the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

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Prof. Carlos Weffe
“A stormy relationship: substantive and criminological challenges in the fight against corruption and VAT fraud”

Carlos Weffe is the Scientific Coordinator at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights. He is a Tenured Associate Professor, former Head of the “Public Finance” department, and former Professor of “Criminal Tax Law”,  at the Central University of Venezuela. Professor of “Human Rights and Taxation” at the Monteávila University, Venezuela. He has authored four books in the area of tax crimes and has published nearly eighty articles and book chapters. His current lines of research are taxpayers’ rights and the “policification” of Tax Law.

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Massimiliano Vincenti
“The European Anti-fraud role in fighting tax fraud and corruption: challenges and trends for the future”

Massimiliano Vincenti holds degrees in Economics and in Political Sciences, in addition to being a lawyer and chartered accountant. He is currently an Investigator for the European Anti-fraud Office of the European Commission in Brussels. He has held several positions as a Commander of Units in the Guardia di Finanza, was nominated Deputy Chief of the Financial Investigation Unit in the framework of UNMIK mission in Pristina to tackle corruption in public tenders, worked in the Guardia di Finanza anti-EU funds frauds unit and ran the Guardia di Finanza Public Finance Guardianship in Catania, Sicily.

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