Anti-Corruption & Public Administration Reform

The main objective of RCC’s actions in this area is to support strengthening governance, improving administration’s capacity, curb corruption in the region and increasing transparency at all stages of the policy cycle, from agenda setting, through policy design and formulation, to decision-making and evaluation

Objectives

  • Transparent decision-making process
  • Increased integrity in public institutions

Results

  • Developed tools for corruption proofing of legislation and corruption risk assessment
  • Awareness raising tools for protection of whistle-blowers
  • Supported establishment of SEE Coalition for Whistleblower Protection
  • Enhanced regional cooperation on conflict of interest and asset disclosure

The interventions planned and implemented jointly by RCC and Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) will specifically aim at a better regulation framework for competitiveness and growth. It will specifically aim at strengthening the public consultations on draft legislation and public policy documents.

To this aim, RCC will closely coordinate with the ReSPA, as the main regional interlocutor in this area, on developing methodologies, their dissemination and consultation with the governments, supporting the existing or establishing new public-private sector dialogues on regulatory reform and capacity building in this area.

Following the principle of subsidiarity, important parts of the aforementioned actions will be implemented at the local level. The coordination with the Network of Associations of Local Authorities (NALAS) will complement RCC’s work with government authorities at central level.

Building on previous experiences also in the SEE region, RCC will work with governments in the region and with development partners on developing interoperable e-services to increase transparency and promote better exchange of information in areas relevant for doing business (e-customs, e-procurement, one-stop-shops for mobility and migration, municipal e-permitting systems, etc.). The interventions and activities targeting increased transparency will be coordinated with the Regional Anticorruption Initiative (RAI), as part of a wider regional anti-corruption agenda. The RCC/RAI coordinated interventions will contribute to more transparent administrative rules and moving away from discretion to rule-based political and decision-making through the implementation of recommendations contained in the assessment of corruption proofing of legislation and corruption risk assessment in public institutions, already finalised during the implementation of the previous SWP.

The RCC will support the regional network of specialised agencies to enhance the identification and resolution of conflict of interest and asset disclosure. It would contribute to strengthening cooperation between oversight bodies not only through sharing the experience, but also through exchanging information.

The RCC will streamline and enhance cooperation among the existing networks in anti-corruption and home affairs in the region so as to make the best possible use of this mechanism.

Our Next Steps

In the forthcoming period the RCC will:

  • Push for further corruption prevention actions
  • Help strengthen capacities of the corruption preventive bodies
  • Enhance regional cooperation on corruption risk assessment and corruption proofing of legislation
  • Mobilise high level political commitment to address corruption and make public services efficient
  • Advocate decentralisation and principle of subsidiarity
  • Involve civil society in anti-corruption action and public administration reform monitoring at the regional level
Priority Area Overview