Corruption and public ethics
In its many forms, corruption is a major threat to local and regional governance and to democracy in Europe, that public authorities need to address as a matter of urgency.
To tackle this challenge and provide local and regional elected representatives with concrete tools, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities has adopted a European Code of Conduct for all Persons Involved in Local and Regional Governance and a Roadmap to Prevent Corruption and Promote Public Ethics at Local and Regional Level. This comprises six reports compiled in the "Public Ethics" series: conflict of interest, transparency and open government, transparent public procurement, administrative resources and fair elections, combating nepotism and protecting whistleblowers.
With the decentralisation of power, the quality of local governance has become decisive, including its ethical dimension. This is why, in addition to introducing criminal law provisions against corruption, it is essential at European level to promote ethical standards common to all local and regional elected representatives. It is a question of both reducing the risk of corruption and boosting the public's confidence in local and regional policy-makers.
The European Code of Conduct for all Persons Involved in Local and Regional Governance takes into account the new challenges facing local authorities and is based on three observations: the need to extend its scope to all persons involved in the provision of public services; the opportunity offered by the digitalization of public services for more transparency while respecting private data; and the need to protect de facto whistleblowers of corruption.
The Congress has adopted a Road map of activities for preventing corruption and promoting public ethics at local and regional levels. In the framework of the road map, the Congress adopted six thematic reports, prepared by the Governance Committee:
- The misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes;
- Making public procurement transparent at local and regional levels;
- Transparency and open government;
- Conflict of interest at local and regional levels;
- The protection of whistleblowers;
- Fighting nepotism within local and regional authorities.
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A6 - 81 pages - Pdf
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Administrative resources and fair elections: a practical guide for local and regional politicians and public officials
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- The Congress supports the engagement of Local Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina for increased transparency and integrity of Local Public Action
- Armenian municipalities to focus on ethics and integrity in local governance
- Armenia: Conference on Political Integrity and Ethics in Local Governance
- Protecting whistleblowers to safeguard local and regional democracy
- Fighting nepotism through clear and transparent recruitment procedures
The protection of whistleblowers - Challenges and opportunities for local and regional government
Fighting nepotism within local and regional authorities
Eurpopean Code of Conduct for all Persons Involved in Local and Regional Governance
Transparency and open government
Conflicts of interest at local and regional level
Making public procurement transparent at local and regional levels
The misuse of administrative resources during electoral processes: the role of local and regional elected representatives and public officials
Preventing corruption and promoting public ethics at local and regional levels
Survey on promoting transparency and ethical values and counteracting corruption at local and regional level (2012)
Rights and duties of local and regional elected representatives: the risks of corruption