As part of the Public Administration’s Corruption Prevention Programme, a Green Book comprising the occupational code of ethics for public service as well as the ethical guidelines to be adopted by state organs has been compiled by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice. The recommendations identified in the Book protect government officials, improve organisational transparency and serve as a point of reference in resolving any ethical dilemmas that may emerge.

In the interest of promoting coordinated ethical regulations, public service agencies and centrally financed institutions will be able to create their own customised occupational and organisational codes of ethics on the basis of the guidelines laid down in the Green Book. These directives serve as guidance.

In addition to the existing legal rules, the Green Book provides useful guidelines related to office work for public servants which are worded in an easy-to-understand manner that is comprehensible to all. These guidelines protect officials and also help prevent the development of corruption scenarios, while they additionally also contain useful information for citizens, for instance, for the purpose of preventing misunderstandings resulting from gifts given in good faith that may lead to inconvenience for both parties.

The Book lays down sixteen occupational ethical requirements, each of which is equally binding on everyone. These fundamental requirements state, for instance, that public servants must perform their duties in compliance with the Fundamental Law and with dedication. They must fulfil their tasks in a responsible, professional and unbiased manner, thereby maintaining a high degree of transparency. Senior executives must meet further important criteria, such as setting an example, providing support for the staff, maintaining consistent accountability and enforcing the relevant professional considerations.

The Book describes the conduct that individuals in senior positions in public administration are expected to manifest. It defines as a rule of thumb that individuals working in the public sector may not accept gifts in the interest of the preservation of their professional independence. It also determines how public service workers are required to proceed against anyone that may wish to offer unlawful advantages or bribes.

The Book makes a recommendation as to how long individuals who previously worked in the public sector and subsequently found employment outside thereof may not enter into contact with state agencies in connection with issues that are closely related to the duties they performed in their former employment. It is imperative to prevent anyone from abusing their existing relations in the course of the administration of their affairs. In addition to making recommendations concerning the governing ethical norms in the public sector, the Government also intends to support the practical implementation of these norms by launching training courses.