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SSG-3-22 – Building Integrity and Preventing Corruption
May 18 @ 08:00 - May 19 @ 17:00
Background Corruption poses serious challenges and threats to security globally and, more specifically, in South East Europe. Thus, a proper system of individual and organizational integrity should be developed in the security sector by introducing and developing ethical and conflict of interest rules, introducing whistleblowing policies through safe disclosure channels and protection of persons for reporting corruption as an integral part of national anti-corruption policies and strategies in the security sector.
Whistleblowing is considered to be among the most effective ways to expose and fight crime and corruption in the public and private sectors. Although SEE jurisdictions adopted a legal framework on whistleblowing, there are cases of retaliation towards the whistleblowers and lack of their adequate protection and, thus, a lot needs to be done in respect of promoting safe disclosure channels, adequate protection of whistleblowers and change of public perception and culture of their negative stereotyping.
Purpose and Objectives The overall objective of the Workshop is to equip relevant parties in the Security Sector (ministries of defence, Armed Forces, ministries of interior, law enforcement agencies) with practical knowledge in implementation of safe disclosure channels and effective protection of the persons reporting corruption through comparative case-law.
The specific objectives are:
✓ To provide the participants with the advanced knowledge on EU Directive on Whistleblowing Protection, its main regional stakeholders and actors and useful tools for aligning national legislation and policies;
✓ To elaborate the relevant case studies and address the common challenges and problems related to the whistleblowing reports and follow up investigations from the region;
✓ To discuss and exchange best practices and lessons learned in the field of building integrity, whistleblowing policies and future challenges through tour-de table sessions;
✓ To develop mutual contacts and networking among the participants from South East
✓ To detect the common challenges in building an organizational culture and identifying the factors which deter the employees from reporting corruption and how to tackle negative perceptions about whistleblowing and whistleblowers.
Participation The target audience of the Workshop are mid-level representatives of the respective ministries of defence, internal affairs and justice, as well as anti-corruption agencies and other relevant national institutions. Participants are expected to be proactive in delivering and deliberating on case studies.
The Workshop is expected to gather professionals who manage whistleblowing cases and implement whistleblowing policies at the national level.
Methodology The Workshop is envisaged as an active and vibrant environment that will enable all the participants to share their knowledge and experience and to learn about the topics from peers in the region. The Workshop will have interactive sessions with presentations of actual cases, discussions and a tour-de-table session. Active involvement of participants in case studies and presentation of the group work results is expected.
The working language of the Workshop is English.
POC Mrs. Zrinka SMEH MARTINOVIĆ, SSG Activity Manager, Tel: 00 385 (0)1 333 0 853, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or SSG Pillar group e-mail: email@example.com