May, 23rd 2019
LINC project presentation conference
The National Integrity Agency (NIA) in partnership with Transparency International Romania organized on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the presentation conference of the project "LINC - increasing the capacity of the central public administration in preventing and identifying cases of conflicts of interest, incompatibilities and unjustified wealth" SMIS code 118824 / project code: SIPOCA451.
The representatives of the two partner organizations presented information about the goals pursued by the LINC project, the estimated results, as well as about the stage of project implementation. For example, one of the activities carried out in the project is about the development of model procedures to help central public administration institutions to prevent situations of incompatibilities and conflicts of interest.
"A model procedure is currently being developed for human resources departments, for ethics advisers in central public authorities, to prevent incompatibilities, as well as a procedure dedicated to control bodies, which aims to prevent and identify situations of conflicts of interest at an early stage ", announced the project manager Daniel Belingher.
Silviu Popa, general secretary of NIA, explained as well that the LINC project was elaborated based on the priorities established in the National Anticorruption Strategy (NAS), especially through the chapter dedicated to the National Integrity Agency, as well as the GRECO recommendations. The specific objective 5.2 of the NAS stipulates “the improvement of the activity of identification, sanctioning and prevention of cases of incompatibilities, conflicts of interest and unjustified assets (BM2 of MCV)”.
"For this project, we participated in the partnership selection opened by NIA in September 2017, which we won. Together we managed to write a good project that meets the needs identified by the National Integrity Agency, correlated with the requirements of the Applicant's Guide and implicitly with the requirements of the financier, The European Social Fund", said Georgiana Ciută, project coordinator from Transparency International Romania.
Also, during the plenary debates, were discussed the training sessions on integrity issues, which have been carried out within the project. These training sessions aim to improve the knowledge of central authorities’ staff, charged with monitoring and control responsibilities.
The event was attended by representatives of many central institutions, including the Ministry of Justice, Anticorruption General Directorate, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of European Funds, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport, National Agency for Fiscal Administration, The Department for the Fight Against Fraud, the National Agency for Public Procurement, the National Institute of Administration, as well as diplomats from the Embassy of the French Republic in Bucharest, the Embassy of the United States of America in Bucharest, the European Commission Representation in Romania.
The LINC project is implemented between July 30, 2018 and January 30, 2020, by the National Integrity Agency in partnership with Transparency International Romania, and co-financed by the European Social Fund, through the Operational Program Administrative Capacity 2014 – 2020. The general objective of the project is to improve identification, sanctioning and prevention of cases of incompatibilities, conflicts of interest and unjustified assets within the central public administration authorities and Parliament.
The implementation of the LINC project envisages the fulfilment of the following specific objectives:
Strengthen the role of ethics advisers and control bodies in public administration in the field of prevention and identification of integrity incidents, by developing and adopting during the project certain specific procedures for them, as well as the correlative increase of the capacity of the National Integrity Agency.
Developing the knowledge of staff with a role in preventing and combating the violation of the legislation regarding the integrity at the level of the central public administration, by training 205 people during the project.
Intensify the dialogue on the role of the Parliament in the field of promoting integrity and formulate during the project proposals for measures in this regard.
Increasing the efficiency of ANI in carrying out its activities for the unitary application of norms, mechanisms and procedures in the field of ethics and integrity in public authorities and institutions.
For more information about the project, please contact Georgeta Filip, institutional communication and media specialist, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also available on the project website: www.proiect-linc.ro