Documents and Publications
Anti-Corruption Assessment of Laws in South East Europe (‘Corruption Proofing’)
study | 08 SEP 2015
Anti-corruption assessment of laws aims at closing entry points for corruption contained in any legislation. For example, a badly regulated procedure for obtaining a building permit can make it easy for public officials to extort bribes from citizens. Once corruption proofing becomes an established practice, it will make legal drafters think ahead what corruption risks the legislation might facilitate in the future and how these risks can be avoided from the very beginning of the drafting process. The publication was developed by the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative and the Regional Cooperation Council, in cooperation with Dr. Tilman Hoppe. It shows that 13 countries in the world have a method in place for reviewing whether their general legislation contains any corruption risks. The added value of the publication lies in the Methodology it suggests. The Methodology compiles all best practices internationally available and describes an ideal corruption proofing process, the framework for implementing it, as well as all typical regulatory corruption risks. It is written as an easy to understand manual, which any reader will be able to work with, including civil society stakeholders, which are new to this tool.
On 13 – 14 November, 2014, the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI), the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), the Ministry of State on Local Issues of Albania and the Southeast Leadership for Development and Integrity (SELDI) co-organized the Regional Conference on Good Governance and Anti-corruption Policy Challenges. The Conference recommended for use the Methodology on Anti-corruption Risk Assessment of Laws developed by RAI and RCC, and adopted the 10 Ten Principles of Effective Corruption Proofing as an international standard in this field and recommended corruption risk assessment as a corruption preventive tool.