Transparency International hits government over delays in anti-graft program

  • November 27, 2012
Graft watchdog Transparency International Hungary (TI) said that the government had failed to implement some tasks assumed in its anti-graft program by deadline, and urged the cabinet to make up for the delay as soon as possible. The Public Administration and Justice Ministry has admitted some delays but confirmed the government’s commitment to implementation.

 

Transparency International hits government over delays in anti-graft program

Graft watchdog Transparency International Hungary (TI) said that the government had failed to implement some tasks assumed in its anti-graft program by deadline, and urged the cabinet to make up for the delay as soon as possible. The Public Administration and Justice Ministry has admitted some delays but confirmed the government’s commitment to implementation. TI noted that the government had approved a two-year anti-corruption program for its central organs in March this year. The program envisaged introducing a code of ethics for employees working in public administration institutions, and organizing trainings to enable them to recognize cases of corruption. The government also promised better protection for whistle-blowers, and decided to join the international Partnership on Open Government. TI, however, has concluded that none of those goals had been achieved by deadline. In October the watchdog asked information from the government about progress in implementation but received no answer. The ministry admitted that there were “delays of a few weeks” in implementation of some of the tasks. It noted, however, that the government in office had implemented the most comprehensive anti-graft package of the past 20 years. It adopted, for instance, stricter rules on public procurement, drafted a law on protecting national assets and codified a new penal code. The ministry said the government was cooperating with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in transplanting the best international anti-graft practices in Hungary.

HUNGARY AM November 27, 2012