Lithuania shares its experience at the session of the OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum

For the first time Lithuania with its own session participated at OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (GACIF2021). The Special Investigation Service (STT) has organized the online session “How to promote integrity in the public sector? Cross-sectorial approach and Lithuanian experience in launching the Integrity Academy”. About 130 participants from more than 60 countries attended the session.

Panelists of this session: Darius Kuliešius, Chief Adviser to the President of the Republic of Lithuania; Žydrūnas Bartkus, STT Director; Elanas Jablonskas, Vice-minister of Justice; Sergejus Muravjovas, Head of the Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter, and Aurimas Navys, Head of Corporate Security of Ignitis Group, have discussed both the concept of the Integrity Academy and the progress achieved. The STT Deputy Director Rūta Kaziliūnaitė moderated discussion.

 “For many years now, Lithuania has been rated below the average of the EU Member States according to the Corruption Perceptions Index. Corruption is a serious threat to national security, causing great economic, social and political damage. The situation should change with the adoption of the new version of the Law on Prevention of Corruption currently discussed at the Lithuanian Parliament and the focus on its implementation by all of us. The volunteers of the Integrity Academy are doing an excellent job in disseminating good examples of anti-corruption activities, demonstrating the benefits and value of transparent activities to everyone,” said Darius Kuliešius.

STT Director Žydrūnas Bartkus stated that this discussion is a great opportunity to share experiences and thus further strengthen the importance of transparency. “The opportunity to discuss the promotion of integrity in public sector is important not only for Lithuanian partners and representatives, but also to the international community. The STT is actively involved in various international projects and values partnerships with foreign anti-corruption institutions. The exchange of best practices is particularly significant in efforts of increasing the anti-corruption potential of Lithuania and other countries,” said Žydrūnas Bartkus.

“It has to be acknowledged that Lithuania and especially some of its institutions, have made a huge progress in building anti-corruption and integrity framework. However, there is still room for improvement. By being sociable, open and supporting each other’s good ideas, we can make the path of changes easier and the desired results more visible. That is what society expects from us,” said Elanas Jablonskas.

Sergejus Muravjovas mentioned that the Integrity Academy can become the cradle of good examples that turn anticorruption slogans into actions. It’d be great if every year there would be less corruption because of the Academy. And the fun part is it’s in our hands.

“We are happy of taking part in the Integrity Academy project. Being an expert, a mentor means not only teaching, but also, above all, learning yourself and never stopping. By sharing and exchanging best practices, we are strengthening the resistance of business, public sector, and society as a whole to corruption,” Aurimas Navys, a representative of Ignitis Grupė AB, an expert of the Integrity Academy.

The OECD’s Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (GACIF2021) is, perhaps, the largest anti-corruption and integrity event, which attracts thousands of participants from all over the world every year. The Forum provided an opportunity for governments, business leaders, policy makers, anti-corruption experts and practitioners, civil society representatives and academics to focus on trust and integrity in building a more resilient and more transparent future.

The recording of the discussion is here

On 25th of March, the Special Investigation Service (STT) will organise the online session “How to promote transparency in the public sector? Cross-sectoral approach and Lithuanian experience in launching the “Integrity Academy”.

This discussion is a part of the Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Darius Kuliešius, Chief Adviser to the President; Žydrūnas Bartkus, STT Director; Rūta Kaziliūnaitė, Deputy Director of the STT; Elanas Jablonskas, Vice-minister of the Ministry of Justice; Sergejus Muravjovas, Chief Executive Officer of the Transparency International Lithuania, and Aurimas Navys, Head of Corporate Security of Ignitis Group, will discuss both the concept of the “Integrity Academy” and the progress achieved since its establishment in 2020 and future goals.

The discussion in English is scheduled for 10:30 – 12:00, Vilnius time.

The OECD’s Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum is, perhaps, the largest anti-corruption and integrity event, which attracts thousands of participants from all over the world every year.

On 23-25 of March 2021, the Forum in a virtual format will explore the new integrity risks, challenges and opportunities that have arisen in the COVID-19 context, as well as identify innovative solutions required to govern and conduct business with integrity and tackle corruption in times of crisis.

The Forum invites governments, business leaders, policy makers, anti-corruption experts and practitioners, civil society representatives and academics to focus on restoring trust and integrity in and beyond the current crisis, in building a more resilient and more ethical future.

Lithuania is participating in this global event for the first time with its own session.

You can register for the Forum’s session about the “Integrity Academy” here. The link to join the online session will be sent by email to registered participants.

You can register for the Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum here.

Agenda of the Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum is here.

About 100 representatives of the municipalities participated in the Integrity Academy event

The Integrity Academy online event “Anti-corruption policy in self-government: challenges and opportunities” took place on 26th of February, 2021. About 100 representatives from more than 30 Lithuanian municipalities took part in it.

Representatives of the Special Investigation Service, Prienai and Joniškis districts, Vilnius city municipalities and others shared their experience in creating an anti-corruption environment and discussed practical advice on what corruption prevention measures can be implemented in organizations.

Evaluation of the event – 9.2 points. All participants who participated in survey would recommend such an event to other people working in the field of corruption prevention.

The Integrity Academy event discussed the development of anti-corruption policy

More than 140 representatives of central authorities took part in the Integrity Academy’s virtual event “Developing Anti-Corruption Policy: Challenges and Opportunities”. Representatives from various public institutions, SOE and private sector shared their experience in corruption prevention.

The representative of the STT made a presentation on theoretical issues of corruption prevention planning documents, and representatives of state institutions and SOE shared their experiences and discussed practical aspects in developing and implementing anti-corruption policy in organizations.

The event was attended by 144 participants, the evaluation of the event – 9.3 points.

More than 200 representatives of the public sector discussed on gift policy

Special Investigation Service (STT), has organised the first practical event of the Integrity Academy initiative. On virtual discussion “Gift Policy: Practical Aspects of Application” representatives from various public institutions and private sector shared their experience in implementing gift policy. The event was attended by more than 200 representatives of public sector institutions and bodies.

The main purpose of the discussion was to present the benefits of a gift policy in management the risks of wrongful reward, favoritism, exclusivity and other influence. The issue of gift policy is also mentioned in the OECD Recommendations, which emphasize that ensuring integrity in organizations must include, in particular, management support, anti-corruption policies, as well as ethics and compliance measures must include gifts, hospitality, entertainment, expenses and more.

95 percent of the participants who evaluated the event would recommend this event to colleagues working in the field of corruption prevention (109 people participated in the survey).

The Integrity Academy – a new initative launched in Lithuania

The Integrity Academy is a place for exchange of best anti-corruption practices, where top-experts in integrity standards will share their experiences and advice on how to create anti-corruption environment. The exchange of best practices on integrity is initiated by the President of the Republic Mr. Gitanas NAUSĖDA. Activities of the Academy are coordinated by the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT), and it is supported by voluntering experts from the public and private sectors.

The idea of the Integrity Academy is to bring together highly experienced and competent experts, who would share their experience and practice with participants of the Integrity Academy – public sector organizations that voluntarily join the project and are willing to accept advice, experience, as well as to be committed to actively create anticorruption environment.

„The Integrity Academy was initiated in order to increase involvement of institutions on voluntary basis in creation of integrity and anticorruption environment and promotion of responsibility for the integrity in their own institutions. We strive for this initiative to contribute to the transparency processes, growth of quality of the public sector and to providing real added value to Lithuania”, said STT Director Mr. Žydrūnas BARTKUS.

The Integrity Academy was launched on 9th December 2020 on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, at the event held at the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania. The event was remotely attended by almost 500 representatives from the public and private sectors. The Integrity Academy is a long-term project, which will start off by assessing the needs and corruption risks of the participants. According to this assessment, the most appropriate experts and activities will be proposed to assist improving integrity and anti-corruption framework of participating institutions. An action plan prepared by the experts will allow achieving the set goals by the most effective means. During the implementation of the action plan, experts will provide consultations and advice to the participants of the Academy. This will ensure the dissemination of best practices. Finally, the progress and achievements will be measured accordingly.