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EaP: Main activities 2012


Risk Assessment (1.4): Weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia, 21 -23 November 2012)

This activity was a part of the regional activity on risk assessment through which underlying causes of corruption  will be identified in a particular sector of the each Eastern Partnership country. The aim of this activity was to assess corruption risks and potential weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Armenia and to identify needs for action (regulatory, organisational, training, etc.). To this end, the Project held meetings with various stakeholders in Yerevan on 21-23 November 2012, including representatives of civil society and international organisations. As a result of this exercise, an assessment report will be prepared containing an analysis of the system and recommendations for its further improvement. It will contribute to a regional study on typologies of underlying causes of corruption to be presented at a Regional Conference on Risk Assessment in Chisinau at the beginning of 2013.

Risk assessment


Pilot Activity in Azerbaijan (3.2): Training of Trainers on ethics in public service (Baku, Azerbaijan, 16-17 October 2012)

On 16-17 October 2012, the Project organised two one-day interactive trainings of trainers on ethics in public service in co-operation with the Civil Service Commission under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (CSC). The trainings consisted of presentations, group work and discussion of ethical case scenarios. Approximately 50 participants, namely ethics commissioners, representatives of the CSC and staff of human resources departments of central and local government agencies took part in active group work and particularly appreciated the discussions of ethical dilemmas faced by public officials. The Project used training materials developed by another EU/CoE Joint Project on Ethics for the Prevention of Corruption in Turkey (TYEC) which was adjusted and tailored to specific needs of Azerbaijan identified during the recent risk assessment visit to Baku (23-25 April 2012) on ethical weaknesses in the delivery of public service.

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Pilot Activity in Moldova (3.5): Anti-corruption strategies for local governments
(Căușeni and Telenești, Republic of Moldova, 4 and 5 October 2012)

Two one-day participatory workshops were held in Căușeni and Telenești District Councils on 4 and 5 October 2012 as a follow up to the risk assessment carried out in these districts through participatory workshops (Telenești, 19 September and Căușeni, 24 September 2012). The workshops each brought together approximately 30 representatives of the District Councils, civil society and the Centre for Combating Economic Crime and Corruption to discuss and develop local strategies to address corruption risks identified in each District Council during the risk assessment exercise. Based on the two strategies, a Model Integrity Plan for Moldovan local governments will be drafted as an Annex to the current National Decentralization Strategy allowing other local authorities to adopt and implement it in their districts. The local anti-corruption strategies and the Model Integrity Plan will be developed through a participatory approach in cooperation with two local NGOs – Institute for Urban Development (IDU) and Resource Centre for Human Rights (CReDO).

Agenda Căușeni
Agenda Telenești
Presentation
Activity Report
Photo Gallery


Risk Assessment (1.4): Weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine, 25-27 September 2012)

The aim of this activity was to assess corruption risks and potential weaknesses in the income and asset declaration system of Ukraine and to identify needs for action (regulatory, organisational, training, etc.). To this end, the Project held meetings with various stakeholders in Kyiv on 25-27 September 2012, including representatives of civil society and international organisations. As a result of this exercise, an assessment report will be prepared containing an analysis of the system and recommendations for its further improvement. It will contribute to a regional study on typologies of underlying causes of corruption to be presented at a Regional Conference on Risk Assessment in Chisinau at the beginning of 2013.

Risk assessment report


Risk assessment (1.4): Integrity of local governments
(Telenești and Causeni, Republic of Moldova, 19 and 24 September 2012)  

This activity is part of the regional risk assessment aimed at identifying underlying causes of corruption in  a particular sector of the each Eastern Partnership country. The Project conducted two one-day workshops in the selected District Councils of Telenești and Causeni on 19 and 24 September 2012 respectively in co-operation with a local NGO (Institute for Urban Development – IDU). The objective was to improve participants’ knowledge on strategic approach of diagnosing, treating and preventing corruption in local governments, and to assess corruption risks through a participatory approach. As a result of these workshops, areas most vulnerable to corruption were identified in each District Council. The risk assessment will be followed by a Pilot Activity (3.5) under which local strategies addressing the identified corruption risks will be developed for each District. Furthermore, based on these two strategies a Model Integrity Plan for Moldovan local governments will be drafted as an Annex to the current National Decentralization Strategy allowing other local authorities to adopt and implement it in their districts.

Telenești:
Agenda
Diagnostic analysis of activities vulnerable to corruption
Causeni:
Agenda
Diagnostic analysis of activities vulnerable to corruption
General:
Presentation on concepts, definitions, approaches
Presentation of the general diagnostic
Presentation of the detailed diagnostic
Activity Report
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Regional Workshop (2.1): Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economies
(Strasbourg, France, 3 July 2012)

The aim of this activity is to research and identify typical patterns of laundering the proceeds of corruption in the Eastern Partnership region and to prepare a regional typology study on this subject. As a result of this activity, staff of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) of the six Eastern Partnership countries will have increased capacity of analysing data on patterns of money laundering by having been involved in collecting and assessing the data for drafting country studies.

This activity consists of three parts: 1st Regional Workshop with representatives from all Eastern Partnership FIUs (Strasbourg, 3 July, 2012); Country missions to each FIU, to conduct research, collect data and draft country studies/a regional study (October 2012 – April 2013; 2nd Regional Workshop with representatives from all Eastern Partnership FIUs to review and adopt the regional study (May 2013). The regional study will be presented to a wider public at a Regional Conference in June/July 2013.
The 1st Regional Workshop took place in Strasbourg on 3 July 2012 in the margins of the 39th plenary meeting of MONEYVAL and brought together representatives of the FIUs from all six Eastern Partnership countries. The Head of the FIU/Operations of Lichtenstein provided input on the rationale and methodology of the activity, and a representative of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) presented related work and research carried out by his organisation. The draft methodology and the questionnaire for collecting and analysing information were presented and reviewed with the participants. The FIUs will complete the questionnaire until end of September 2012 in order to allow for the country missions to start in October 2012.

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Workshop on Risk Assessment (1.4): Typologies of underlying causes of corruption (Strasbourg, France, 19 June 2012)

The Workshop reviewed the assumptions and methods of measuring corruption, assessing weaknesses in integrity systems, and ways of translating the results of assessments into policies. It was attended by national experts from corruption prevention units in several Eastern Partnership countries. The Workshop consisted of presentations and discussions of theoretical methods and concepts of risk assessment and group work on practical exercises. In relation to this Workshop, the Project is carrying out a risk assessment exercise that includes field missions in each of the six Eastern Partnership countries, each addressing a specific sector:
Armenia: Asset declarations (11-12/2012)
Azerbaijan: Ethics in the civil service (04/2012)
Belarus: Compliance with Council of Europe Criminal and Civil Law Conventions on Corruption (06-11/2012) – tbc
Georgia: Health sector (02/2013)
Republic of Moldova: Local governments (05-12/2012)
Ukraine: Asset declarations (09/2012)

Agenda English / Russian
Presentations of Council of Europe experts English / Russian
Workshop materials English / Russian
Risk Assessment Methodology Guide English / Russian


Pilot Activity in the Republic of Moldova (3.5) – Presentation of draft amendments to political finance legislation of the Republic of Moldova (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 7 May 2012)

Following the discussions and results of the previous two Roundtables (1 November 2011 and 27 February 2012), the Working Group fine-tuned the draft amendments to political finance legislation. The final draft was presented and explained to the public at the Centre for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (CCECC) on 7 May 2012 in a joint event with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and is now ready for adoption by the Moldovan Government and for subsequent submission to Parliament. The Republic of Moldova is invited to report to the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on this legislative reform until 31 October 2012.

Agenda


Pilot Activity in Azerbaijan (3.2): Workshop on Good Practices of E-government (Baku, Azerbaijan, 26 April 2012)

Under a new presidential decree, all line ministries have to introduce e-government tools for government-to-citizen applications. E-government has not only the potential for facilitating administrative procedures, but can also be an effective tool for preventing corruption, as it reduces contacts between public officials and citizens and thus reduces opportunities for bribe asking or giving. On 26 April 2012, the Project organised a workshop on good practices of e-government which was attended by approximately 35 representatives from all central state bodies. A variety of international examples of current and future interfaces between the state and citizens were presented and reviewed at the workshop.

Agenda
Presentation of Mr J. Millard, Council of Europe expert
Presentation of Mr G. Jokhadze, Council of Europe expert
Presentation of Mr T. Urjumelashvili, Council of Europe expert
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Risk assessment (1.4): Ethical weaknesses in service delivery
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 23-25 April 2012)

The aim of this activity was to identify typical ethical dilemmas and weaknesses in the delivery of public services in Azerbaijan. To this end, the Project’s Long-Term Adviser interviewed various stakeholders in Baku from 23 to 25 April 2012, including representatives of NGOs and international organisations. The draft assessment report containing an analysis of the situation and recommendations will be presented and reviewed at the Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment in Strasbourg, France (June 2012) and will allow for a training of trainers planned to take place in Baku in October 2012 to be tailored to specific needs of Azerbaijan.

Risk assessment report


Good practices of designing, implementing and monitoring anti-corruption policies" (Kyiv, Ukraine, 29 March 2012)

On 29 March 2012, the Project held the 1st Regional Conference on “Good practices of designing, implementing and monitoring anti-corruption polices”. The activity was hosted by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine in its premises and was a combined event with the Eastern Partnership Panel on the Fight against Corruption. It was a follow-up to the two Regional Workshops on “Designing of national anti-corruption policies” and on “Mechanisms of implementing and monitoring of anti-corruption strategies, including education and public awareness” held in Strasbourg on 3-4 November 2011 and in Warsaw on 15-16 December 2011 respectively. The results of the both workshops were presented to and reviewed by a larger public of more than 60 participants, mainly representatives of government bodies responsible for policy design and advice of the six Eastern Partnership countries, as well as representatives of EU member states and civil society. Active participation of representatives of various Ukrainian NGOs an Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum contributed to lively and fruitful discussions. Furthermore, the first draft of the “Handbook on Designing and Implementing Anti-corruption Policies” compiling good practices that will serve as a resource for drafting policies not only in Eastern Partnership, but also in other countries, was made public. Once finalised it will be translated from English into Russian and distributed to project beneficiaries and international stakeholders.

Agenda
Photos
Welcome speeches:
Ms Maria Jukova, Deputy Head to EU Delegation to Ukraine
Mr Vladimir Ristovski, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv
Presentation of Azerbaijan
Presentation of Georgia
Presentation of the Republic of Moldova
Presentation of Ukraine
Presentation of Mr Quentin Reed, Council of Europe expert


First Regional Specialised Training on “Implementing standards on detection, investigation and criminalisation of economic and financial crimes” (Syracuse, Italy, 12-16 March 2012)

The Project organised the Regional Specialised Training: “Implementing standards on detection, investigation and criminalisation of economic and financial crimes” at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in Syracuse, Italy, from 12 to 16 March 2012. It was conducted by the International Centre for Asset Recovery of the Basel Institute on Governance (ICAR-BIG) and was focused on capacity building of 26 law enforcement and judicial officials in investigating and prosecuting large scale international money laundering and corruption cases. The training combined presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and group work on one complex financial investigation and asset tracing case. As a follow up, a training manual will be prepared by ICAR-BIG that will allow participants to refresh and deepen their newly acquired skills, and will support further vocational trainings in the six Eastern Partnership countries on this subject.

Agenda English / Russian
Photo Gallery


Pilot Activity in Azerbaijan – Expertise and Roundtable on the draft “National Action Plan on Increasing Transparency and Combating Corruption of the Republic of Azerbaijan” (Baku, Azerbaijan, 2 March 2012)

On 2 March 2012, the Project held a Roundtable on the draft “National Action Plan on Increasing Transparency and Combating Corruption of the Republic of Azerbaijan” organised in cooperation with the Commission for Combating Corruption and its Secretariat at the Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The aim of the Roundtable was to have a public discussion and review of the draft Action Plan with the representatives of civil society and international organisations. It was attended by more than 50 participants from several state bodies, including 15 different NGOs and representatives of international bodies (EU, GIZ, OSCE, UNDP, USAID, US-Embassy). In addition, several journalists and TV networks were there to report on the event. The English translation of the draft Action Plan provided by the Project allowed international observers to comment on the the document and to submit further observations following the Roundtable. The Project’s Long-Term Adviser presented preliminary observations on the draft at the Roundtable, and will continue working with the Secretariat of the Commission for Combating Corruption on its further improvement. This activity is a follow-up to the Project’s two regional workshops on designing and implementing anti-corruption policies (3-4 November 2011, Strasbourg, and 15-16 December 2011, Warsaw.

Agenda English


Pilot Activity in the Republic of Moldova - Roundtable on “Political Finance in the Republic of Moldova” (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 27 February 2012)

The second Roundtable on "Political finance in the Republic of Moldova," jointly organised by the Project, the Centre for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (CCECC) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), took place at the CCECC on 27 February 2012. It was attended by representatives of state institutions, civil society and international organisations, as well as national and international experts on the subject matter. It was a follow-up to the first Roundtable held on 1 November 2011 under the Project's one of the two Pilot Activities tailored to specific needs of the Republic of Moldova. The legislative proposal on reforming Moldovan political financing elaborated by the Working Group since November 2011 was presented and reviewed during this Roundtable. It was acknowledged by national and international stakeholders that the draft law is a major step forward in bringing Moldovan political finance legislation in line with GRECO recommendations. Following the input of this Roundtable, the Project will fine-tune the draft in cooperation with IFES with the aim to present and explain the final document to the public, and have it ready for adoption by the Moldovan Government by April 2012 and subsequent submission to Parliament.

Agenda English
Presentation CoE expert
Presentation IFES


Pilot Activity in Ukraine - Working Meeting on the Assessment of the State Anti-corruption Programme of Ukraine for 2011-2015
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 1 February 2012)

A working meeting to present and discuss the assessment of the State Programme of Ukraine for Preventing and Combating Corruption for the period of 2011-2015 with representatives of the Ministry of Justice took place in Kyiv on 1 February 2012. The assessment has been prepared under the Project’s Pilot activity with the aim to assist Ukraine to comply with GRECO recommendation and to report on the development of a detailed plan of action for the implementation of the new Anti-corruption Strategy adopted by the end of 2011. It is expected to be incorporated in the additional information which Ukraine has to submit to GRECO concerning the Addendum to the Compliance Report of 27 May 2011 (Joint First and Second Evaluation Round). The meeting helped to clarify all open points and finalise the assessment. (more...)


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