EU and Turkey finance project on Ethical Awareness in Local Administrations
June 10, 2021
ANKARA – The closing ceremony of the "Technical Assistance Project for Increasing Ethical Awareness among Elected and Non-Elected Local Government Officials" was held on 10 June with limited physical participation and wide on-line participation due to Coronavirus measures. The project was financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey and carried out by the Council of Ethics for Public Officials.
The project started in January 2018 and lasted for 29 months. The activities carried out led to an increase in ethical awareness of elected and appointed public officials in local administrations and the establishment of ethical codes of conduct. The project was funded with 1,790,000 EUR. The Central Finance and Contracts Unit was the contracting authority.
The closing ceremony took place with the participation of the Chairman of the Council of Ethics for Public Officials Mr. Köksal TOPTAN and physical participation of several representatives of public institutions and civil society representatives. The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus MEYER-LANDRUT participated in the event with a video message.
Köksal TOPTAN, Chairman of the Council of Ethics for Public Officials summarized the project objective as increasing ethical awareness of local administrations, developing solutions for improvement and advancing existing solutions. He said “During the programming of the project it was established that activities would extend to the whole of the country and a strong ethical understanding would prevail among local administrations. We have carried out widespread promotion activities so that project activities throughout the country would yield results and ethical awareness would turn into a culture of ethics. Millions were reached through a public spot which was broadcasted on TV and videos with prominent personalities disseminated through social media.”
The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Nicolaus MEYER-LANDRUT, said on the occasion: “We attach great importance to this project, as we believe in the crucial role the Council of Ethics plays in embedding ethics and combatting corruption within the local administrations. I congratulate CEPO and the experts that have worked together and produced these comprehensive outputs, so critical for the promotion of this work in the public sector. I believe that these will contribute to the fight against corruption and the promotion of good governance and democracy in Turkey”.
In the afternoon, the Member of Council of Ethics for Public Officials Prof. Dr. Fatih UŞAN moderated a talk with Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı on “Ethics in local administrations from the past to the future”. Project Director Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kemal Yalınkılıç chaired the panel on the project’s achievements that followed. Mr Recep Bülent Tarhan, Senior Consultant on Legistation, Dr. Ümit Özcan, Local Administration Consultant, Prof. Dr. Muharrem Kılıç, Education Consultant, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sezer Bozkuş, Ethical Standards and Principles Consultant, and Prof. Dr. Muhittin Acar, Statistics and Research Consultant attended the panel.
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