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Mapping Corruption Risks - Strengthening Integrity Based Administration

/ Last updated: 11 December 2010 /

INTEGRITÁS(Z) international professional conference in the State Audit Office of Hungary on the Anti-corruption Day

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The State Audit Office of Hungary (SAO) is launching an EU funded project in order to map corruption risks and strengthen integrity within public administration. The project is based on the results of a twinning light project that was completed successfully with the Netherlands Court of Audit in 2008. The integrity project corresponds with the strategy and work of the SAO. Its goal is to map, classify and analyze corruption risks within the public sector, to develop the integrity approach in the audit practice and the administration as a whole and also to find a solution for operational deficiencies.

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’Mapping Corruption Risks - Strengthening Integrity Based Administration’ (priority project)
ÁROP-1.2.4-09-2009-0002
State Reform Operational Programme of the New Hungary Development Plan
General Public Sector
Hungary
State Audit Office of Hungary
VÁTI Hungarian Public Nonprofit Ltd. Company for Regional Development and Town Planning
1 December 2009 - 31 October 2011
 286.540.000 HUF

The Aims of the Project

The main goal is to explore, map and classify corruption risks within public administration, establishing a better audit practice and enhanced compliance with legal/ethical norms and transparency along with professional innovation:

  • the underlying principles of the internationally recognized and verified Dutch integrity methodology are adapted, improved and incorporated into the research methodology of the project and the organizational culture of the public sector organizations involved;
  • a map is created of the level of exposure to corruption in selected public institutions (corruption risk map). The results are uploaded into a database made easily accessible via the Internet;
  • as a part of the integrity project, a detailed analysis is drafted concerning the corruption risks in organizations involved in public procurements, administrative licensing and the utilisation of EU subsidies;
  • a new audit guide with anti-corruption aspects is developed within the SAO;
  • the integrity project promotes preparation for a change in administrative culture through providing comprehensive trainings. Conferences, meetings and workshops also help informing professionals, academics and journalists concerned as well as society in general.

To maintain the results achieved a proposal is drafted for the government about the experiences gained from the integrity project covering the necessary amendments to regulations and other proposals considering the tasks assigned to SAO. The proposal shall be sent to all audit and control organizations within the government. A summary shall be made about the experiences and the outcome of the project and be published on the Internet.

Expected Results

The main expected results of the project are the following:

  • the selected areas of the Hungarian public sector are mapped as regards corruption risks through a survey, while the database is made accessible for everyone on the Internet;
  • by utilizing the results of risk assessment, the audit plans become more accommodated to the integrity approach as corruption attributes are identified beforehand and considered in the audit planning process;
  • in order to prevent corruption, the risks are identified to facilitate the development of an effective anti-corruption policy.

National Development Agency, Management Authority, VÁTI Nonprofit Ltd.

The project is funded by the European Union and co-financed by the European Social Fund.