by Dr. (PhD) Eng. Miguel Gallardo

How can be detected illegal business of public officials abroad? How to evidence Spanish officials conflicts of interest in Europe?

Universities are a hotspot of corruption

We have been investigating illegal business and conflicts of interest is Spanish public universities since 2006. Probably, one of the worst European paradigms of great conflicts of interest is in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid UPM, a public institution victim of many professors managing private companies illegally. Spanish authorities are aware of that problem, but only UPM Chancellor (“rector de la UPM”), Carlos Conde Lázaro can investigate and punish their illegal business, but he only acts against his own internal enemies.

The lack of European controls on conflicts of interests allow many officials at UPM to get personal profits out of public funds using their own limited companies. As far as we know, even in one of the worst scandals European Parliament and the Commission did not pay attention enough to UPM corruption. For instance, there is a Parliamentary question about “Possible misuse of European funds by the SGAE, Microgénesis and the UPM (E-007349/2011)”.

Lack of controls in Spain and problems to track international links

It is very obvious that “national competent authorities” are not controlling UPM official conflicts of interest even in the worst cases like Microgenesis one (the general manager of that private company involved in a very serious scandal was a professor at UPM, arrested and indicted by a High Criminal Court Judge on fraud and corruption Rafael Ramos Díaz is a very clear case of UPM frequent conflicts of interest, but it is not the worst one connected with SGAE scandal because many public officials at UPM, like Juan Quemada Vives with Agora Systems and MASHMEGROUP SL, as well as Antonio Hidalgo Nuchera with SCIRALIA used illegally their official position, public resources and influence just for private profits with the support of UPM Chancellor, Carlos Conde Lázaro. Beyond SGAE and Microgenesis & UPM scandal, corrupted public officials are using international networks for their private business but only very few of the companies owned by public officials are known.

The first problem for international corruption investigation is how to detect illegal relationships abroad searching for official names in “business registers”. The term “business register” comprises the national commercial registers, companies’ registers, and any other register storing company information and making it available to the public within the meaning of Directive 2009/101/EC. Right now, we are working in an heuristic project to search on business registers at European level and national business registers.

Fighting the abuse of public power must be first on the agenda

However, while we do our best to search for corrupted officials and their business at and national business registers we ask who has that information of illegal business of public officials abroad. The answer is clear and easy for anyone that is well informed of Spanish big tax fraud and serious economic crimes at Agencia Española de Administración Tributaria AEAT, Policía (UDEF), Guardia Civil (GDA-UCO) and Spanish Secret Services at Centro Nacional de Inteligencia CNI. ¿Why there is no immediate legal action as soon as a public official business is detected in Spain and abroad?

The interesting question must be answered considering personal conflict of interest of the politicians that control so sensitive information about business controlled by public officials in Europe. We foresee serious problems with public officials on business in private companies that would ask for privacy and even secrecy We had several experiences on this kind of “metacorruption”. We conquered the right to inform about any private business of officials with Spanish National High Court sentence published at