Corruption Prevention Programme

On 28 March 2012, the Government adopted the “Public Administration Corruption Prevention Programme”, which is a remarkable milestone in combating corruption, as there has been no similar government-level programme since the change of regime.

The main objective is to strengthen the state’s ability to resist corruption, and that public administration, state administration and government bodies should be able to defend themselves robustly against corruption. The programme primarily aims to curb corruption in public administration and partly in certain public services. The programme contains measures designed specifically to help embed the analysis of corruption risks, the mapping and investigating of suspicious cases and, if possible, the prevention of corruption in the daily operation of organisations of public administration. Goals include the establishment of a public sector that can detect and identify corruption, one that condemns it and nips it at its source. Furthermore, it strives to join forces across the society in order to put ethical values into practice.

By approving the programme and the actions required for its implementation, the Government showed its commitment to curbing corruption. The programme fits perfectly with the “Magyary Zoltán Public Administration Development Programme”, as one of the main components of the latter is taking effective measures against corruption. The programme goes beyond the anti-corruption actions taken in the past two decades by placing great emphasis on prevention, in departure from the former criminal law approach. The programme contains measures in 20 areas that help embed the analysis of corruption risks, providing anti-corruption training for the staff concerned and, if possible, the prevention of acts eroding integrity in the daily operation of the institutions of public administration.