Josef hírek

2012.11.24. 21:56

Watchdog blames govt for delays in anti-graft programme

Budapest, November 23 (MTI) - Graft watchdog Transparency International Hungary (TI) said on Friday that the government had failed to implement some tasks assumed in its anti-graft programme by deadline, and urged the cabinet to make up for the delay as soon as possible.

Budapest, November 23 (MTI) - Graft watchdog Transparency International Hungary (TI) said on Friday that the government had failed to implement some tasks assumed in its anti-graft programme by deadline, and urged the cabinet to make up for the delay as soon as possible.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Justice has admitted some delays but confirmed the government s commitment to implementation.

 

TI noted that the government had approved a two-year anti-corruption programme for its central organs in March this year.

 

The programme envisaged introducing a code of ethics for employees working in public administration institutions, and organising trainings to enable them to recognise 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.

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