Modernising the fight against corruption
Under the terms of it becoming a candidate country, Turkey is required to commit itself fully at all levels to the fight against corruption. The EU’s 2008 Progress Report, however, noted that corruption remained a widespread issue and it also identified a lack of an overall strategy and coordination between the relevant agencies. In a world where new methods and technologies are widely used for fraud, the inspection boards dealing with corruption within ministries, in particular, required special training in these novel ways in order to combat and deter fraudulent activity.
The aims of the project and its core activities
Within the major state agencies, inspection boards are responsible for carrying out administrative investigations in the public sector, including on fraud, waste and abuses. This project aims to up skill inspectors, auditors and controllers in modern methods of fighting corruption. Moreover, it looks to boost the expertise of the Prime Ministry Inspection Board, which coordinates corruption investigations and monitors the implementation of national anti-corruption strategies.
These objectives will be achieved in two main ways. Firstly, the national legal framework, investigation procedures and strategies on anti-corruption will be compared with international conventions and will be improved where necessary.
Secondly, a core group of inspectors are trained at similar EU institutions on collecting and analysing corruption-related data. Upon their return, these trained inspectors will transfer their knowledge to their colleagues.
The project will lead to the creation of investigation guides, reporting standards and a code of ethics for inspectors, as well as a map of corruption-prone areas to facilitate more targeted investigations.