SELDI Second Regional Anti-Corruption Policy Forum: Countering Corruption and State Capture in Southeast Europe

232323ctgjl15waaucklp-jpg-largeRAS researcher, Valentina Dimulescu attended SELDI’s Second Regional Anti-Corruption Policy Forum which was held in Skopje on 29-30 September 2016. The forum drew a picture of the corruption environment in the region, presented the latest data on corruption pressure, but also new ways of improving anti-corruption efforts. The forum underlined that critical sectors with high corruption and state-capture risks should be addressed with priority. Special focus was placed on state capture, the judiciary and the role of civil society.

During the event the main findings and policy recommendations from the SELDI 2016 Corruption Monitoring System in SEE was presented to national and regional stakeholders. The debates also set a platform for engagement of the state and civil society, taking stock of the analysis performed by coalition partners in the last four years, and seeking higher recognition of the value of CSOs participation in the reform process by the governmental institutions.

The representatives of the public institutions talked about the practical challenges of initiating a large-scale anti-corruption campaign in spite of the outside political pressure to prevent it from bearing fruit. Specific focus was placed on the collaboration between the policy-makers and the civil society in developing monitoring instruments for countering this structural problem. Also, the participants agreed that in order to enhance whistleblowers’ protection, EC and the national governments should undertake internal mapping and ensure the opening of public and corporate data for scrutiny by the public and CSOs. During the second day of the Policy Forum, the discussion focused on the processes of building institutional competencies and enhancing the efficiency of the administration.

The representatives of the civil society agreed that politization is the main tool of state capture and the key problem is not always lack of capacities, but the manner in which they are used. The participants also noted that judiciary can be improved only with good management, leadership and functioning internal integrity system.

More information on the agenda and speakers can be found here

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