Unlike the Western European countries with a longer tradition of democratic law enforcement institutions, the post-communist CEE countries lack effective institutional mechanisms of several anti-corruption measures enforcement, especially those standing outside the criminal law, sometimes so-called “soft corruption areas”. We have selected 4 areas with strong influence on national anti-corruption policies:  conflict-of-interest, political parties financing, whistleblowers protection and free access to information. In all CEE countries there are enacted some measures in selected areas but the long-term main problem remains the enforcement of these measures. Thus, the project aims to analyze the oversight and enforcement mechanisms of mentioned anticorruption measures, incl. in-depth best practice studies and country-focused recommendations on institutional improvements, regarding the possibility of establishing a national anti-corruption agency. (The project does not aim to analyze or work out settings of mentioned anti-corruption topics other than concerning institutional oversight and enforcement, e.g. not focused on setting financing limits, disclosures properties or the scope of mandatory published information.)

The national integrity system assessments recently published by TI indicate that where strong and well entrenched watchdog institutions, judicial systems and law enforcement are in place to perform the key functions of prevention, detection and public education about corruption, the system may not require an additional anti-corruption agency. On the contrary in CEE countries may such agencies play – and in a few cases they do play – a crucial role in anti-corruption efforts. One of the goals of this project is to set up a set of principles for CEE national anti-corruption agencies plus country-focused specific recommendations for setting up or improve a national agency.

 

 Access to Information picture Name: Analysis of Free Access to Information in Countries in the European Union – Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Croatia

Published: August 2014

Authors:Zuzana Dančíková, Veronika Ferčíková

Content: The Information Commissioner as an independent supervisory body actively increases law enforcement, technical support of officials as well as their training. The regime for making information available needs a quicker and more unifying approach for both offices and citizens. The institution of the Information Commissioner enables this and relieves the work of other institutions at the same time.

 Freedom of Info Act picture Name: Enforcement of Freedom of Information Act in State- and Municipality-owned Enterprises in Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland

Published: May 2014

Authors:Zuzana Dančíková, Ľuboslava Riapošová

Content: State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and municipality-owned enterprises (MOEs) manage public properties. The objective of this study is to highlight the weak points of the Freedom of Information Act enforcement in relation to the SOEs and MOEs in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, and offer recommendations for their reinforcement.

whistleblowers picture Name: About us with us – Protection of whistleblowers in the Czech context and in comparison with other countries

Published: April 2014

Authors: Oživení

Content: The analysis of 40 interviews with whistleblowers from the V4 countries and Estonia shows that whistleblower protection is inadequate both in terms of applicable law and the utilization of various options in practice, and also in terms of the real needs of whistleblowers.

Access to Information Right:

Analysis of Free Access to Information in Countries in the European Union – Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Croatia

Enforcement of Freedom of Information Act in State- and Municipality-owned Enterprises in Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland

Comparative analysis of access to information in V4 countries + Estonia

General recommendations for strengthening the enforceability of the right to information

National Analysis on the Access to Information

Conflict of Interest:

EU Summary on Current Institution Enforcement Mechanisms Conflict of Interest

Comparative analysis of conflict of interest in V4 countries + Estonia

National Analysis on the Conflict of Interest

Analysis of the Conflict of Interest in Legislative Process in Slovakia and Recommendations

Financing of Political Parties:

EU Summary of Political Party Financing Enforcement Mechanism

Political Party Finance Best Practices

Comparative analysis of political party financing in V4 countries + Estonia

National Analysis on the Financing of Political Parties

Workshop in Bratislava, May 29-30, 2014

On Thursday, 29 May 2014, the project coordinators of the Promoting Effective Anti-Corruption Framework in the CEE Countries project met in Bratislava for the their third and the last workshop. The focus of the workshop organized by Transparency International Slovakia in Bratislava was on bringing together the experts on advocacy that would help project coordinators with advocacy activities and share their know-how in this particular field to help them better promote the project’s outcomes, raise awareness and build coalition for the project’s causes.

The workshop began with the presentation of Patrik Zoltvany, the co-founder and senior partner at Finsbury International Policy & Regulatory Advisers (FIPRA) Slovakia, a leading public affairs consultancy company in Slovakia. Mr Zoltvany provided the participants with the insight into lobbying and consultancy from the point of view of the professional lobbyist and consulter. Mr Zoltvany gave also advice and tips to the participants how to conduct advocacy in case of the Freedom of Information Act and protection of the right to access information.

The program of the workshop followed with the presentation of Mr Jiří Boudal, the project coordinator of a very successful anti-corruption initiative of 20 Czech non-governmental organizations, the Reconstruction of State.

On Friday morning, Mr Martin Hojsik, an International Campaign Manager at Actionaid joined the participants of the workshop along with his wife Mrs Dana Marekova, a Fundraising Coordinator at the Justice & Environment – European Network of Environmental Lawyers. The experts talked to participants about how to plan a change or an initiative, how to plan a strategy to accomplish the change and how to lead a successful campaign.

FINEC workshop

 

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