REGIONAL ROUND TABLE ON STRENGTHENING INTEGRITY IN STATE AUTHORITIES AND ELECTORAL PROCESSES IN AII COUNTRIES – BUDVA, 16-17 APRIL 2019
In the framework of the AII Montenegro Chairmanship, on the 16th and 17th of April took place in Budva the ad hoc Round Table on “Strengthening integrity in State Authorities and Electoral Processes in AII Countries”, organized by Agency for Prevention of Corruption (ASK) of Montenegro with the support of the US Embassy in Podgorica.
All AII Countries were duly represented, which denotes the raising awareness of the contemporary society in the AII Countries on this sensitive issue.
The introductory remarks have been delivered by Mr. Sreten Radonjić, Director of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (please find here the speech in original language), Ms. Marijana Laković-Drasković, Director General for Organization of Judiciary, Criminal Legislation and Supervision - Ministry of Justice of Montenegro, and Ms. Goranka Vučinić, President of the Council of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption.
The ad hoc Round Table offered experts belonging to national independent authorities dedicated to the prevention of corruption, the opportunity to share experiences, methodologies, solutions on corruption risk assessment and management, in corruption prevention and treatment in the frame of their respective legislations. The meeting resulted to be a very constructive exchange of ideas on common challenges such as National Integrity Plans, transparency as well as training and capacity building.
On the second day, experts discussed about the control of financing of political entities and election campaigns, which is another very important topic and delicate matter.
They also reported national experiences from Greece, Serbia and Montenegro, highlighting the importance of data collection, reports, adoption of new technologies and IT solutions in order to tackle and deal with such an important issue.
Furthermore, the prevention of corruption assumes a certain importance for AII countries, which are not yet part of the European Union, considering that anti-corruption policies are part of the negotiations in order to access to the EU.
Ultimately, the message arising from the meeting was that integrity, transparency and combating corruption must be part of the everyday culture and become fundamental values to be achieved.
Thematic session I (part I): Corruption risk assessment – Integrity plans
Thematic session I (part II): Corruption risk assessment – IT solutions
IT platforms as a tool for the efficient corruption risk assessment
Thematic session I (part III): Corruption risk assessment – Corruption proofing of legislation
Thematic session II: Control of financing of political entities and electoral campaigns