Grażyna Kopińska
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Anti-Corruption in Practice

The UN Convention against Corruption adopted by Poland in 2006 imposes on the countries which have ratified it an obligation to place a greater emphasis on corruption prevention (Article 5 and 6). The experience of other countries such as the Netherlands, Australia or Germany indicate that implementing anti-corruption systems in public institutions may be one of the most effective prevention tools. Such systems developed in cooperation of the employees specifically for the given institution are the most effective way of preventing corruption.

Our goal is to present and promote a good instrument of reducing the risk of corruption in public institutions. In 2011-2012 we evaluated the application of the anti-corruption system introduced as an extension of ISO 9001 in three institutions: Ministry of Economy, Marshal Office of Mazowsze Province and Material Reserves Agency. The results of the examination show that the introduced systems in the above mentioned institutions have various shortcomings: they give too much discretion with regard to implementation, do not force the introduction of effective remedies, whereas the method of analyzing corruption risk is relatively arbitrary. Report from evaluations are publicly available on our website.

On the basis of our findings we developed a guidebook for public institutions which describes principles of good implementation of anti-corruption systems.   The guidebook was presented at the conference Anti-Corruption Systems in Public Administration organized jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs on June 21, 2013.

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