TYEC: Project on Ethics for the Prevention of Corruption in Turkey


 
The project on "Ethics for the Prevention of Corruption in Turkey" (TYEC) term is 24 months (1 December 2007-30 November 2009). The project is funded by the European Union (90%) and by the Council of Europe (10%). It is implemented by the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Co-operation (Economic Crime Division). The project’s main counterpart institution is the Council of Ethics for Public Service at the Prime Ministry of Turkey.
 
In recent years, the Turkish Government has taken a number of important steps in combating corruption. The country ratified the Council of Europe’s Civil and Criminal Law Conventions against Corruption in 2003 and 2004 respectively and joined the Council’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) in January 2004. Moreover, in June 2004 the Council of Ethics for the Public Service was established and in 2005 the Regulation on the Principles of Ethical Behaviour for Public Officials (the Code of Ethics) was adopted.

Despite these steps, corruption remains a serious concern for the people of Turkey. The Turkish authorities acknowledge that corruption is a priority issue requiring comprehensive and serious counter-measures. The project will assist Turkey with their efforts in preventing corruption by supporting the implementation of specific measures, and provide support to other related reforms.

The TYEC project has four main aims:

1. Support the implementation of the Code of Ethics across the public administration in line with GRECO recommendations;

2. Develop codes of ethics for other categories of officials or holders of public office;

3. Develop systems of monitoring the effectiveness of prevention and other anti-corruption measures; and

4. Ensure and enhance coordination of anti-corruption measures.


Activities


Closing conference (25 November 2009, Ankara)

[9 November 2009, Strasbourg] The Closing Conference of the Project “Ethics for the Prevention of Corruption in Turkey” (TYEC) took place in Ankara (Swiss Hotel) on 25 November 2009 from 14:00. The two-year project started on 1 December 2007 and was funded by the European Commission. The project, among other things, assisted the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) recommendations made to Turkey.

The conference was addressed by the State Minister, Mr Cevdet Yilmaz, as well as the representatives of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. 

The Press was invited to attend the opening session.

Agenda


"An Ethics Reminder for Public Officials" is available!

[9 November 2009, Strasbourg] This guideline, which is an output of the TYEC project, aims to provide practical information, with the help of examples, on the principles of ethical behaviour that public officials must abide by when performing their duties and to assist in the solution of frequently encountered ethical dilemmas in the decision making process.

"An Ethics Reminder for Public Officials"


Conference on the Results of the Second Set of Research Studies (8 October 2009, Ankara) 

[2 November 2009, Strasbourg] The second set of the Research Studies on “Professional Organisations and Ethics”, “Shadow Economy and Ethics”, “Health Services and Ethics” , “Customs Services and Ethics”,  “Public Bidding and Ethics”, and  “Ethics, Culture and Society” are completed. The studies were commissioned in order to facilitate the Council of Ethics to better carry out its advisory and research function and to ensure the involvement of the academia in the promotion of ethics. The results of these studies were announced at a conference in Ankara.

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Study visit for members of the Council of Ethics to the partner institutions in the Netherlands (27 September-3 October 2009)

[25 September 2009, Strasbourg] The participants of this study visit in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Hague consisted of the members and the Secretariat of the Council of Ethics for Public Service and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe. The main partner of the study visit is the National Integrity Office in the Netherlands (BIOS).

The purpose of the visit was to:

- assess the development of public ethics in the Netherlands;

- oversee how the National Integrity Office as a small oversight body works with ministries and other public bodies; and

- visit the selected ministries and municipalities to exchange views on the delivery of an ethics environment in practice.

The study visit concluded with feedback from the Turkish counterpart, the Council of Ethics for Public Service.

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The implementation Guide and the facilitators guide are published!

[31 August 2009, Strasbourg] One of the aims of the project has been to develop a training strategy and a training package in order to support the application of the Code of Ethics and to consolidate the ethics training beyond the work of the project. The Ethical way - Ethical Leadership Programme is an outcome of this.

As part of the Programme,

- the Implementation Guide helps public sector organisations prepare their organisation for the Ethics Training Programme. In addition, it includes recommendations on how to consolidate ethical principles and how to apply it to their organisation following the training event;

- the Facilitators guide provides all the information a facilitator will need to know to run a training event on ethics within a public service organisation in Turkey.

 

Implementation Guide

Facilitators Guide 


3rd Steering Committee meeting (28 May 2009, Ankara)

[30 August 2009, Strasbourg] The 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the TYEC project brought together representatives of the Council of Ethics for Public Service (the main counterpart institution), the Ministries, the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey, and the Council of Europe. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the project's achievements during the last six months and to discuss further cooperation, i.e new initiatives/projects, in the field of anti-corruption.


Conference on the Results of the First Set of Research Studies (27 May 2009, Ankara) 

[30 August 2009, Strasbourg] The first set of the Research Studies on  “Conflict of Interest”, “Law Enforcement and Ethics”, “Title/Land Registry and Ethics” and “Planning in the Local Administrations and Ethics” are completed. The studies were commissioned in order to facilitate the Council of Ethics to better carry out its advisory and research function and to ensure the involvement of the academia in the promotion of ethics. The results of these studies were announced by a conference entitled: “Perception of Ethics in Public and Society” which was also part of the Ethics Week activities in Turkey adopted by the Council of Ethics in 2008.

Agenda

Research study on Conflict of Interest

Research study on Law Enforcement and Ethics

Research study on Title/Land Registry and Ethics

Research study on Planning in the Local Administrations and Ethics


Regional Ethical Leadership Programme (11-16 May 2009, Istanbul)

[12 May 2009, Strasbourg] The Ethical Leadership Programme continues in the regional administrative provinces of Turkey. The seminars aim to train the Provincial Governors, the Deputy Governors and the District Governors on Ethical Leadership standards. The first ten seminars were held in the following provinces: Istanbul (11-16 May 2009), Samsun (1-4 June 2009), Van (22-25 June 2009), Erzurum, Trabzon, Kayseri, Adana, Diyarbakir, Antalya and Izmir.


The Ethical Leadership Training Programme (17 and 20 March 2009, Ankara)

[10 May 2009, Strasbourg]  One of the aims of the project is to train the senior officials and the officials from the Human Resources units on Ethical Leadership standards. In order to  achieve this, consecutive training events were held in Ankara, Turkey, during 17 and 20 March 2009. During the training seminars the participants were given case studies to discuss and  also became familiar with the training strategy and their role within it.


Workshops and Conference on Developments on Legislative and Judicial Ethics (16-17 and 18 February 2009, Ankara)

[12 May 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe organised in co-operation with the Council of Ethics for Public Service of Turkey, two workshops and an international conference entitled “Developments on Legislative and Judicial Ethics”. The workshops were focused on Legislative and Judicial Ethics respectively. The discussions centralised on the developments, roles, contents and implementations of the codes and were held in closed sessions under the Chatham House Rule.
The Conference was open to public and the media and aim to discuss the major themes and initiatives on Parliamentary and Judicial Ethics over the past decade. Therefore, it provided general overviews rather than specific details of the workshops. It was addressed by the Minister of Justice of Turkey and the Vice-President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Agenda of the workshop on 16 February 2009

Agenda of the workshop on 17 February 2009
Agenda of the conference on 18 February 2009Presentations


Interim Evaluation Report 

[1 February 2009, Strasbourg] The Interim Evaluation Report is now available. The evaluation was carried out and the report was prepared by two independent evaluators, Vera Devine and Tilman Hoppe.

Report


2nd Steering Committee meeting (16 January 2009, Ankara)

[12 January 2009, Strasbourg] The 2nd Steering Committee brought together representatives of the Council of Ethics for Public Service (the main counterpart institution), the Ministries, the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey, and the Council of Europe. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the project's achievements during the last six months, to update the Project Workplan in accordance with the project needs, define current priorities of the beneficiaries and to agree on the timetable of activities.


Follow-up of the Ethics Training (17 December 2008, Ankara)

[15 December 2008] Following the Ethics Training Programme in October and testing the design and the relevance of the case studies through a pilot training exercise in November, a further training seminar focused on the training of trainers on "public ethics". During the seminar, the participants heard presentations from national experts and discussed issues such as the differences between public and private sector ethics, the changing ethical context in Turkey and issues relating to corruption, and the role and purpose of public ethics.

Agenda
Presentations


Ethics Training Programme (19-24 October 2008, Ankara)

[17 October 2008] The first ethics training activity  took place in a Turkish public sector training company, TUSSIDE (Turkish Institute for International Management). 25 trainers candidates from central government ministries and various public bodies were selected to participate in the programme. The programme involved the completion and publication of the training package, the training of the selected trainers on how to train and the use of the training package. The training programme was supervised by a Turkish and International Short Term Expert and involved a pilot exercise. The training was intended to:

1. Support the Council of Ethics Training Programme for senior national, regional and local public officials between November 2008 and October 2009;

2. Encourage the trainers to work with the ethics commissions in their respective ministries to set up a training strategy:

3. Assist the Council of Ethics to deliver a national training programme.


1st Steering Committee Meeting (23 June 2008, Ankara)

[20 June 2008] As a result, the Project Workplan was slightly up-dated and adapted to the current needs and priorities. The meeting brought together representatives of the Council of Ethics for Public Service (the main counterpart institution), the Ministries, the European Commission Delegation to Turkey and the Council of Europe.        


Study visit for members of the Council of Ethics to partner institutions (9-13 June 2008, Dublin)

[7 June 2008] The aim of this study visit was to exchange view and experience with the similar institutions in order to review and increase the working procedures of the Council of Ethics. In this respect, the project had already identified four EU Institutions: the Audit Commission, the UK Commission on Standards in Public Life, the Standards Board for England and the Irish Government's Standards in Public Office Commission. During the course of the study, the Council of Ethics was offered perspectives from these institutions, including strategic management and performance criteria; areas of responsibilities: public officials, elected members at local and national level; complaints procedures and right of investigation; allocation of cases to other bodies; independent budgets; publicity and awareness campaigns/websites; range of sanctions.

Agenda  
Note on the visit
Presentations


Conference on International Standards on the Principals of Ethics (27 May 2008, Ankara)

[20 May 2008] In co-operation with the Ethics Council of Turkey this conference entitled “The International Standards on the Principles of Ethics” aimed at comparing the practices of other homologue institutions and sharing good practices. It focused on the Practical Value of Ethics Training, Infrastructure, Useful Tools in the United Nations system, and the adoption of the Ethics Framework in the European Union member States.

Agenda
Presentations
Photo Gallery  


Start-up conference (7 February 2008, Ankara)

[1 February 2008] With over 100 attendees, and full media coverage, the Conference brought together high-level representatives of line Ministries, different groups of civil society, media, international organizations and Embassies. The purpose of this Conference was to present the project, its objectives, outputs and adopt its workplan. It was addressed by the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prof. Dr Bilal Eryilmaz, Ethics Council Chairperson, Ms Margaret Killerby, Director of Co-operation, Council of Europe; and HE Amb. Marc Pierini, European Commission Delegation to Turkey. The workplan finalised during the Start-up workshops was adopted by all participants at the end.

Agenda
Presentations  


Start-up workshops (21, 23 & 24 January 2008, Ankara)

[20 January 2008] These workshops were attended by 50 participants each and aimed at introducing the project, its objectives, and its proposed activities. The participants included the representatives of the four following types of categories central and local institutions; civil society and media; academia and ethics commissions. The first workshop was opened and addressed by Mr. Hayati Yazıcı, Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister and demonstrated not only a clear awareness of the issues and possible solutions across both public administration and society, but also identified networks and organisations keen to support the work along with the project. The discussions and proposals on the implementation aspect of the project were taken into account and incorporated into the Draft Workplan which will be submitted to the Start-Up Conference.

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the launching event of a new anti-corruption project in Turkey

Turkey_02-2008[20 January 2008] The Council of Europe is launching a new technical co-operation project entitled “Ethics for the Prevention of Corruption in Turkey” (TYEC). The two-year project will also help implement the recommendations made to Turkey by the Council’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). The project is 90% funded by the European Commission and 10% by the Council of Europe. It will be implemented by the Council of Europe’s Economic Crime Division. (More...)

Project summary: English / Turkish
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PROJECT DOCUMENTATION

& DELIVERIES

Project Summaries:
  English | Turkish
Description of Action
Workplan of activities
Calendar of activities

Inception Report
Monthly Reports
Progress Reports
Evaluation Report
Final Report
Technical papers
Press Communication

 

CORRUPTION

SITUATION REPORTS

& RESEARCH STUDIES

Corruption Report: Findings, Analysis & Recommendations

Background Review to corruption Report

System Studies Report

Academic Researches on Public Ethics, Volume 1

Academic Researches on Public Ethics, Volume 2

 
USEFUL LINKS
Prime Ministry of Turkey
Ethics Council
GRECO Report on Turkey GRECO Joint First and Second Round Compliance Report
OECD ACN Reports
 
CONTACT

TYEC Project