08 / 07 / 2017

The Republic of Moldova published its National Integrity and Anticorruption Strategy for 2017-2020 on 30 June 2017. This document was drafted and adopted through participatory mechanisms and inclusive public consultations. Following an evaluation by Transparency International in 2014, this strategy is structured upon the integrity pillars approach. It aims at strengthening the integrity climate among civil servants at all levels, but also at including the civil society organizations (CSOs) through alternative monitoring reports and promoting integrity standards in the private sector.

The document addresses the complexity of the corruption phenomenon in an innovative manner, by employing the assistance of sector-based experts to evaluate specific integrity problems encountered by different vulnerable domains of the public administration.

The National Anticorruption Center is currently working with the selected experts in the following sectors: customs, tax, public procurement, administration and change of ownership of public property, health protection and health insurance, education, agro-food sector, public order, environment, as well as local administration. The experts will participate in the drafting of sector-based anticorruption plans. This is a broad exercise, aimed at tackling vulnerabilities and offering sustainable solutions.

With regard to the public sector more specifically, on 7 July 2017, the law on integrity in the public sector entered into force in Moldova. This new law aims at anchoring a culture of integrity in the country and a zero-tolerance policy against corruption in the institutions. It aims at restoring citizens’ trust by showing them that public action is led in the general interest, including in the relations between public officials and representatives of the private sector.