Effective elimination of corruption in the public sector is based on the balanced use of rule-based and value-based tools. The introduction of a coordinated integrity policy at the national and organisational level is a prerequisite to an integrity management system that aims at both preventing and sanctioning abuses.

To this end, Government Decree No. 50 of 2013 (25th February) on the System of Integrity Management at Public Administration Bodies and the Procedural Rules of Receiving Lobbyists (hereafter referred to as the “Integrity Decree”) introduced the integrity management system for public administration organisations and the role of integrity advisor. The main task of the integrity advisor is the reception and examination of reports on abuses, irregularities and corruption risks related to the operations of the organisation. 

Moreover, the integrity advisor informs and advises the management and staff of the organisation in matters related to professional ethics. Pursuant to the Integrity Decree, integrity and corruption risks shall be assessed annually, based on which an annual risk management action plan to be elaborated. Furthermore, a general procedure is to be developed at organisational level for the reception and examination of reports on abuses, irregularities and corruption risks related to the operations of the organisation.

In order to promote a value-based approach, minimise organisational duplications and build organisational capacities to assess, identify, manage and prevent corruption risks, the internal control system and the integrity management system of the public administration organisations have been integrated by the amendment of Government Decree No. 370 of 2011 (31st December) on the Internal Control System and Internal Auditing of Central Budgetary Organizations and the Integrity Decree.