Strengthening the Coordination of Anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) is a joint EU/CoE project, co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, and implemented by the Council of Europe. By contributing to a more efficient and effective structure in the fight against corruption in Turkey, TYSAP will provide relevant assistance to the country in terms of implementing GRECO recommendations and making progress towards compliance with European standards and best practices. The project is expected to enhance the expertise of the inspectors, auditors and controllers of different institutions about modern investigation and reporting techniques, cooperation and information sharing, data collection and analysis, developing sector specific anti-corruption policies. Moreover, it will enhance the expertise of Prime Ministry Inspection Board Inspectors in coordinating the corruption investigations and in monitoring the implementation of the 2010-2014 National Anti-Corruption Strategy. Activities will include analyzing legislative framework, producing policy and compliance reports, investigation guides, elaborating reporting standards, mapping corruption prone areas, training of trainers and inspectors. The main Beneficiary of the project is the Turkish Prime Ministry Inspection Board (PMIB). There are also nine additional co-beneficiaries mainly consisting of the inspection services of selected line Ministries
Coming up soon:
Workshop to Review the 3rd version of Draft Investigation Guide by National and International Experts
(Ankara, Turkey, 11-12 December 2014)
Within the framework of the TYSAP project a workshop with CoE and Turkish experts and beneficiaries will be held in Ankara on 11-12 December 2014. The development of the Investigation Guide for Inspectors is one of the most important deliverables expected under the TYSAP project. The work on the document has been ongoing since January 2014 and the first draft was produced in April 2014. Two previous workshops with CoE experts were held to discuss the outline of the guide and subsequently the first draft. CoE expert opinions have been provided throughout the drafting process. The aim of the upcoming workshop in December 2014 is to make a revision of the 3rd version of the draft Investigation Guide by a team of CoE and Turkish experts in order to ensure its compliance with CoE experts’ recommendations and standards, finalize the format and agree on the follow-up steps for completing the Guide and conducting subsequent trainings for Turkish inspectors based on the document.
Activities in the past:
International Training at European Anti-Fraud Office
(Brussels, Belgium, 2-4 December 2014)
Within the framework of the TYSAP project an international training for 20 trainers from project’s beneficiary institutions (PMIB, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Food, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transportation, Treasury Controllers Board, Sworn In Banking Auditors)
was held on 2-4 December 2014, at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Belgian Central Office for the Repression of Corruption (OCRC). The main objective of the activity
was to enhance capacities of the beneficiary institution in collecting and analyzing corruption data, modern corruption investigation techniques and to exchange experience on anti-corruption practices with the EU and Belgian agencies. The international training included 2-day session with representatives from the OLAF and 1 day with the OCRC.
International Training at UK’s National Crime Agency
(London, United Kingdom, 10-14 November 2014)
Within the framework of the TYSAP project an international training on modern corruption investigations, cooperation and information sharing among anti-corruption bodies was held at the UK’s National Crime Agency for a group of 21 inspectors from the Prime Ministry Inspection Board of Turkey. The training served to enhance capacities of the PMIB inspectors in modern corruption investigation techniques and provided an opportunity to exchange experience on anti-corruption policies and practices with relevant UK agencies. The international training included sessions with representatives from the UK’s National Crime Agency, Ministry of Justice, Serious Fraud Office and Criminal Prosecution Service Inspection Board. Training sessions were dedicated to the issues of UK anti-corruption systems, policies and procedures, investigation techniques for corruption allegations, international asset recovery, mutual legal assistance and prosecution of corruption cases.
4th Steering Committee Meeting
(Ankara, Turkey, 27 October 2014)
The 4th Steering Committee Meeting of the joint EU/CoE project Strengthening the Coordination of anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) was convened on 27 October 2014 in Ankara. The meeting was attended by high-level representatives of the main beneficiary and co-beneficiary institutions, Delegation of the European Union. The Steering Committee Meeting provided an opportunity to review progress made to date and to agree on priority activities for the remaining implementation period. Important items of the meeting included possible 5 months no-cost extension of the project, work on draft Investigation Guide for Inspectors and specific steps to implement IT procurement component of the project.
The beneficiaries all concurred to the need for 5 months extension of the project. The project stakeholders also agreed to continue work on the draft Investigation Guide to ensure that it is in line with the CoE experts’ recommendations and European standards. At the meeting further steps were agreed on development of software for collection, sharing and analysing corruption data.
Workshop to Review the Draft Investigation Guide by National and International Experts
(Ankara, Turkey, 19 June 2014)
The Investigation Guide is one
of the most important
deliverables expected under the
TYSAP project. Working Group
members have prepared a draft
document which was presented
at a workshop which was held on 19
June 2014, in Ankara. The
inspectors, auditors and
controllers from the main and
co-beneficiary institutions as
well as international experts
and leading local civil society
final document incorporates
comments received at the
Third Steering Committee Meeting
(Ankara, Turkey, 4 June 2014)
The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of the joint EU/CoE project Strengthening the Coordination of anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) was convened on 4 June 2014 in Ankara. The meeting was attended by high-level representatives of the main beneficiary and co-beneficiary institutions, Delegation of the European Union, Central Finance and Contracts Unit and Civil Society organizations. The Steering Committee Meeting provided an opportunity to review progress made to date and update all stakeholders on the project fiche revision process for the purpose of introducing new component for development of software for collection, sharing and analyzing corruption data. Activity plan for the implementation of remaining actions, including collection of corruption data and trainings was agreed. Participants also discussed items related to the dissemination of project’s deliverables and sustainability of TYSAP project.
Workshop to Review Compliance of
the Domestic Regulation with
Council of Europe, OECD and
(Ankara, Turkey, 29 April 2014)
A workshop on “Issues of Compliance of Turkish regulations with Council of Europe Criminal Law and Civil Law Conventions on Corruption, OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials and UN-Convention against Corruption was held on 29 April 2014, in Ankara”. A Draft “Gap Analysis Report” including overview of the relevant Turkish legislation, prepared by a national expert, was presented to and assessed by working group members consisting of national and international experts, and representatives of beneficiary institutions. As a follow-up, a team of international and national experts will prepare a “Compliance Report” with specific recommendations for measures to fulfil requirements of international Conventions in the area of ant-corruption.
Legislative and Organizational
Standards on Corruption
Investigations and Investigation
(Ankara, Turkey, 30
Within the framework of the EU/CoE joint project “Strengthening the Coordination of Anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey” (TYSAP) a workshop was held on 30 January 2014, in Ankara, Turkey.
A group consisting of inspectors, investigation judges, treasury controllers, police chiefs, bank examiners and capital market experts, national and international experts and academics participated in the workshop. The purpose of the activity was to discuss legislative and organizational framework regulating investigations, coordination and information-sharing, and international standards on corruption investigations. Based on the conclusions, participants were able to better assess the needs and topics that should be included in the Investigation Guide, one of the key outputs to be delivered under the TYSAP project. The Investigation Guide will target all inspectors, controllers and auditors across Government institutions.
Second Steering Committee
(Ankara, Turkey, 6
The Second Steering Committee Meeting of the Project Strengthening the Coordination of anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) was held on 6 November 2013 in Ankara. High-level signatories to the agreement restated their commitment to the project while discussing current issues and mitigation measures related to project implementation. The Agenda included the presentation of the updated Inception Report and the revised list of Short-term Experts to be involved in project activities. A revised calendar of activities was proposed for the next six months period. Discussions about the dates for upcoming activities are ongoing.
Workshop on Reporting Standards
(Ankara, Turkey, 18-19 September 2013)
A two-day workshop on Reporting Standards was held in Ankara on 18 and 19 September 2013. The workshop
was an opportunity for experts and representatives of relevant public, private and civil society institutions to discuss national and international best practices in reporting standards. At the workshop participants also discussed how reporting standards currently in use in Turkey can be improved, and set out the standards to be disseminated to all inspectors, auditors and controllers.
Workshop on Corruption Risk Analysis and Sector-Related Anti-Corruption Strategies
(Ankara, Turkey, 17-18 September 2013)
Inspectors representing the project’s main beneficiary and co-beneficiary Ministries
were trained on how to conduct corruption risk analysis, develop
and implement sector specific anti-corruption strategies during
a two-day workshop held in Ankara on 17 and 18 September 2013.
The workshope included a number of presentations and hands-on exercises in order for the participants to be able to critically reflect on all steps included in the design and implementation process.
(Ankara, Turkey, 12 June 2013)
The project on Strengthening the Coordination of Anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) was officially launched at the Rixos Grand Hotel in Ankara, Turkey on June 12, 2013. The event was attended by the Head of PMIB, Turkish Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Security, and Turkish Deputy Minister of Interior and the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Turkey. The CoE was represented by Mr. Ivan Koedjikov, Head of Department of Information Society and Action against Crime. The audience consisted of public officials, academics, civil society and private sector representatives as well as Council of Europe member states representatives in Turkey. The event was organized in three sessions. The first session focused on the Project Presentation. The second dealt with achievements in the field of Anti-Corruption, the Role of Internal Auditing, Perspectives from Banking, Civil Society and the Private Sector. The third session consisted of an interactive survey that intended to gather anonymous answers to questions pertaining to the level of corruption in Turkish Public Administration and behavior of individuals in corruption prone situations. Last, the project workplan and its related calendar of activities was officially adopted by the Members of the Steering Committee.
from Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
Turkish Prime Minister -
of Mr Yunus Arinci, President
of PMIB -
of Mr Ivan Koedjikov, Head of
Department of Information
Society and Action against
Crime, Council of Europe
from Mr Egemen Bağiş, Turkish
Minister for EU Affairs -
of Mr Fatih Acar, Undersecretary, Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security
Speech of Mr Jean-Maurice
Ripert, Head of Delegation of
of Mr Osman Güneş, Turkish
Deputy Minister of Interior -
First Steering Committee Meeting
(Ankara, Turkey, 5 June 2013)
The First Steering Committee Meeting of the Strengthening the Coordination of anti-Corruption Policies and Practices in Turkey (TYSAP) project was convened on 5 June 2013 in Ankara. The meeting was attended by the high level representatives of the main beneficiary and co-beneficiary institutions, Delegation of the European Union, Central Finance and Contracting Unit and other partner institutions.
The stakeholders discussed in detail the proposed Workplan of the project and calendar of activities, as well as composition of working groups for future activities, arrangements for the upcoming Launching Conference and other issues of importance with regard to the implementation of the project. The project’s Launching Conference is scheduled to take place on 12 June in Ankara, where the Workplan of the project will be officially approved.
(Ankara, Turkey, 18-24 April 2013)
The CoE project team and the Beneficiary met to discuss their overall expectations and their respective roles throughout project implementation. They also exchanged their views on the organization of the launch event and the Steering Committee. Project team members also met with representatives of co-beneficiaries, the Central Finance and Contracts Unit, and the European Union Delegation to Turkey to inquire about their expectations from the project and to collect relevant input and recommendations for implementation.