12th Anti-Corruption Day

On 17 and 18 May 2018 in the Region of Burgenland, 120 experts in administration, economy and civil society met at the 12th Anti-Corruption Day of the Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK).

On 17 May 2018, Ms. Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary at the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, held the opening speech of the two-day conference in Rust, Burgenland. She emphasized the significance of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), which was the focus of discussions at this event. The main objective was to find examples and best practices for the NACS action plan.

Edtstadler, "Quickly bring the Strategy to life"

"We adopted the NACS in order to climb even more steps on the Corruption Perceptions Index", said Edtstadler. That was the kick-off to two days’ conference work, and the work assignment with regard to the action plan for the upcoming two years. "We must act quickly now, and bring the Strategy to life, and include a wide spectrum of stakeholders as we go along", she continued.

Best practices in administration, economy and civil society

A total of four top-level expert panels presented measures and best practices in force at the Austrian federal ministries, economy, regional administrations, and civil society. Among other things, they discussed differing approaches to compliance at different ministries; the role compliance takes up in the economy; first steps in implementing the NACS at regional, municipal and local administrations; and the importance of providing sufficient information to citizens on the topic of corruption, which ideally, would start during schooling.
The Court of Audit, for example, has established a new department for corruption prevention, compliance and risk management. The department’s tasks include conducting horizontal evaluations in the field.

During the Anti-Corruption Day, BAK experts distributed information and documentation on the Network of Integrity Officers (NIO), educational measures, risk management, risk analysis, and compliance, and discussed with participants at information booths.

Action plans in the making

Towards the end of the event, participants exchanged ideas and assignments for the first two-year action plan. The BAK and the Co-ordinating Body on Combating Corruption gathered and summarized all these ideas and assignments. "Place the ball directly in front of you so that when the time comes you are ready to score a goal." Referring to certain preventive measures, Mr. Andreas Wieselthaler, Director of the BAK, thus concluded the conference.

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