Seminar: “Conceptions of integrity: approaches and new boundaries”

On 04, 05 and 06.07.2012, in the city of Bitola, Republic of Macedonia, the Commission for prevention and ascertainment of conflict of interest took part in a seminar on the topic “Conceptions of integrity: approaches and new boundaries”.

Representatives of the institutions with powers in the field of fight against corruption, declaring of property by persons holders of public office and prevention of conflict of interest from 8 states participated in the seminar: Macedonia, Moldova, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria.

Participation took also representatives of the Delegation of the EU in Macedonia and UNDP which support methodically and financially and monitor the activities related to integrity and the fight against corruption and conflict of interest.

The questions of the participants to the representatives of the Commission for prevention and ascertainment of conflict of interest were mainly related to what the sanctioning consequences of a positive decision of the Commission are/ascertainment of conflict of interest/; persons that may file an alert to the Commission; whether anonymous alerts are considered and how the procedure of appealing the Commission’s decisions is regulated.

At the seminar, the Commission for prevention and ascertainment of conflict of interest was invited to conclude a Memorandum of cooperation with the Commission for prevention of conflict of interest of Montenegro.

An important moment in the participation of CPACI is its accession to IEN /Integrity Expert Network/ - an informal organization set up in 2010 with the purpose of making possible, by encouraging contacts and interaction between experts of different states working in the field of separate aspects of integrity /ethical codes and rules of conduct, fight against corruption, declaring of property by persons holders of public office, prevention of conflict of interest/, international cooperation and exchange of experience between the institutions for improving the effectiveness of their work.