EaP practitioners discuss corruption risk areas in the health sector
(Kiev, Ukraine, 14 – 15 December 2016)
On 14 – 15
December 2017, health sector and anti-corruption practitioners from the Eastern Partnership countries got together to discuss corruption risks in the health sector and methods to be
used to identify such risks in their respective countries. During the two-day Workshop on “Corruption Risk Assessment in the Health Sector” held in Kyiv, Ukraine, Council of Europe
experts and workshop participants considered the impact of corruption on the health sector, systemic gaps that facilitate corrupt practices, and practices visible in the Eastern
Jointly with the Council of Europe experts, national representatives identified health subsectors which will be assessed for corruption risks and developed country methodologies to be
used for the assessments. The Workshop is the first step in the “Corruption Risk Assessment in the Health Sector” for the Eastern Partnership region that is being conducted under the
PCF Regional Project “Fight against Corruption and Fostering Good Governance/Fight against Money Laundering”. The Workshop will be followed by in-country missions at the beginning of
2017, which should lead to the drafting of an Assessment Report in mid-2017.
EaP countries discuss lobbying regulation
(Riga, Latvia, 23 – 24 November
from the Eastern Partnership countries discussed the pros and cons of regulating lobbying activities at the two-day workshop on “Lobbying Regulation”, held on 23 – 24 November 2016.
During the two-day workshop, representatives of parliaments, ministries of justice and other policy institutions, together with the Council of Europe experts, considered the definition
of a lobbyist and discussed about exemptions from regulation, transparency and integrity in lobbying through regulation, oversight and sanctioning. Furthermore, participants had the
opportunity to examine comparative good practices and case examples, as well as the applicability of lobbying regulation to their country’s circumstances. The discussions from the
workshop will help produce a model legislation on lobbying for the EaP countries, which will be disseminated in English and Russian to all participating institutions.
Eastern Partnership practitioners discuss whistleblower protection (Budapest, Hungary, 17-18 October 2016)
On 17-18 October 2016, practitioners from the Eastern Partnership countries considered different aspects of whistleblower protection with Council of Europe experts. Representatives of preventive and enforcement bodies discussed key concepts such as who can be considered a whistleblower, modalities of reporting, and types of protection available to whistleblowers. Discussions were part of a training module on whistleblower protection developed under the PCF for the Eastern Partnership countries. The training module will be finalised pursuant to input received at the workshop and will be disseminated to the region in English and Russian.
EaP practitioners consider integrity testing rules
Georgia, 23 - 24 June 2016)
On 23 – 24 June 2016, policy makers and practitioners from the Eastern Partnership countries had the opportunity to discuss integrity testing as a possible anti-corruption prevention and suppression mechanism. In the course of the two days, participants heard about experience of Romania and United Kingdom with two different models of integrity testing, as well as from colleagues from Republic of Moldova who have been using this tool for a number of years. In addition to that, practitioners from EaP countries discussed with Council of Europe experts model legislative provisions on integrity testing for their respective countries. The workshop will result in the development of a Model Legislative Framework on Integrity Testing for EaP countries.
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International risk management strategies discussed in Baku
(Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 - 25 May 2016)
Officials of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan/ASAN Centers had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with internationally recognized risk management standards and their possible applicability to functioning of ASAN services on 24 – 25 May 2016 in Baku. During the two days workshop participants considered the role of risk management for successful functioning of day-to-day operations and short- and long-term institutional viability, risk management principles and frameworks, risk analysis and evaluation, and risk treatment. The applicability of risk management tools to ASAN operations was considered through discussion of hypothetical case-scenarios developed jointly with the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations/ASAN. In addition to that, ASAN staff had the opportunity to hear from the Austrian Bureau for Anti-Corruption experts on how they developed an internal risk management framework. ASAN is expected to consider the development of a risk management framework as part of its ISO 9001:2008 quality risk management obligations. In that sense, the workshop helped initiate the process by providing information on relevant concepts, tasks, and procedures. The workshop has bein organized under the PCF-Regional Pilot Activity for Azerbaijan “Risk assessment in the field of public service delivery”.
Discussion on Model Legislation on Liability of Legal Entities for EaP countries
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 28 – 29 April 2016)
Nineteen practitioners and policy makers from Eastern Partnership countries discussed the Draft Model Legislation on Liability of Legal Entities on 28 – 29 April 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The two day workshop was used to consider key issues related to corporate criminal liability, including basis for culpability, the scope of underlying offences, jurisdiction, procedural rules, and evidence gathering, as regulated in the Model Legislation and in comparison to current country practices, where applicable. This initiative aims at helping the Eastern Partnership countries address current shortcomings in legislative set-ups regarding liability of legal entities by providing respective country policy makers with draft solutions based on international standards and good practices. The Model Legislation will be finalized during May 2016, pursuant to feedback received from practitioners and will be distributed to country counterparts in English and Russian shortly thereafter.
Practitioners discuss good tactics in economic crime investigations
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 25 – 27 April 2016)
On 25 – 27 April 2016, twenty-six prosecutors and investigators from the Eastern Partnership Region had the opportunity to discuss good practices in “Economic Crime Investigations” with Council of Europe experts and share lessons learned in their respective jurisdictions. During a two and a half day training, participants had the opportunity to reflect on a number of investigation and prosecution related questions, such as building an investigative strategy, use of intelligence for evidence gathering purposes, use of special investigative means and applicable human rights standards, financial investigations, and trial preparations. The topics were considered through expert presentations, group discussions, and hypothetical case work. The training was also supplemented with the Practitioners guide on economic crime investigations which was handed out to participants. The manual will soon be available also in Russian and distributed more widely throughout the Eastern Partnership Region.
Presentations prepared by Ms Arvinder Sambei and Mr Mick Allen, Council of Europe Consultants:
General Principles of International co-operation: Mutual Legal Assistance