Parliament passed a law on establishing the Integrity Authority as an autonomous public institution to investigate fraud, conflict of interest, corruption and other crimes in connection with the use of European Union funds in Hungary. Legislation on the new body passed with 150 votes in favour, 12 against and 19 abstentions. The authority set up as part of a bid to strike a deal with the EC will be headed by officials proposed by the head of the Audit Office and appointed by the president for a non-renewable six-year term. The Integrity Authority is expected to start operating in the second half of November. The authority will work to identify systemic problems and conduct integrity risk assessments, as well as prepare an annual integrity report. It will also lead a register of companies excluded from public procurements. It will alert the EU’s anti-corruption body OLAF and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office if it detects fraud.