National integrity and anticorruption strategy adopted

Parliament on March 30 carried the national integrity and anticorruption strategy for 2017 – 2020. The document contains 130 measures aimed at preventing acts of corruption and is designed to eliminate the shortcomings in the effective implementation of the legislation in the field, IPN reports.

National Anticorruption Center vice director Cristina Tarna said the strategy is a national commitment and a promise made to the foreign partners that provide financing to Moldova. The strategy does not envision the adoption of new laws and ensures the implementation of the already adopted laws.

The document defines seven integrity pillars, which are Parliament, Government, Public Sector and Local Public Administration, Justice and Anticorruption Bodies, Central Election Commission and Political Parties, Audit Office, People’s Ombudsman, and Private Sector. The first pillar includes 15 measures designed to increase transparency in lawmaking and the integrity of MPs, to ensure their ethical conduct, to develop the anticorruption role of Parliament and to strengthen parliamentary control.

The objective of the second pillar is to develop the integrity, responsibility, transparency and resistance to corruption risks of public agents, members of the Government and local elected officials, while the fourth pillar is aimed at increasing the political integrity and strengthening control over political parties and election campaigns.

The fifth pillar includes actions to strengthen the capacities of the Audit Office in preventing corruption in the use of financial resources and public property as well as of financial assistance. The goal of the sixth pillar is to develop the ombudsman’s corruption prevention duties by making the human rights public institutions more responsible, while the last pillar is aimed at promoting a competitive and fair business climate, based on corporate integrity standards, and at ensuring transparency and professionalism in the interaction with the public sector.

The strategy will be implemented during the next three years. It contains measures that are to be taken by each state institution. A progress report will be presented after each year of implementation.