Ukraine looks at ‘smart’ practices of 5 European anti-corruption agencies

UNDP in Ukraine’s Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project (2015-2018) aims at ensuring the compliance of Ukrainian corruption prevention institutions with international standards for transparency and accountability and, thus, helping them become more responsive and effective.

The project has released a praxis case report for Ukraine’s National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), titled “European Anti-Corruption Agencies: Key Preventive Mechanisms.”  This case report summarizes smart practices used by five European anti-corruption agencies in Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Latvia, and Romania. It presents them for possible application by the NAPC.

Among others, the report concentrates on issues of institutional architecture, provides analysis of key preventive mechanisms, including asset declaration verification, conflict of interest or whistle-blower protection, and offers key lessons learned accumulated over the years. The research results from collaboration of a group of UNDP-commissioned experts.

The report is one of the tools designed for the NAPC as part of the initial institution-building package. It is expected to help enable the newly created Ukrainian institution benefit from corruption prevention experiences of similar agencies and structures in Europe.

The Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project waslaunched in March 2016 with funding support from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It aims to review existing impediments towards the full functioning of the NAPC, galvanize the deployment of its mandate, and ensure the development of conflict of interest management and an effective e-asset declarations verification system.

“Ukraine sets sail for an ambitious anti-corruption reform which cannot be completed without a sound institutional architecture [such as the NAPC],” said Janthomas Hiemstra, UNDP Country Director in Ukraine.

For more information about UNDP in Ukraine’s Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project, visit: http://www.ua.undp.org/content/ukraine/en/home/presscenter/articles/2016/03/15/new-project-to-help-ukraine-prevent-corruption/

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