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Create and implement integrity plans across all ministeries (AL0065)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Albania Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: National Coordinator against Corruption, Ministry of Justice

Support Institution(s):

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption, Anti-Corruption Institutions, Capacity Building, E-Government, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address? The potential abuse of entrusted power for personal benefit exposes all public institutions in all countries to the risks of corruption during the administration of their duties and responsibilities. Corruption weakens public trust in government, hampers legitimate economic activity, threatens public resources and income, and negatively impacts public administration and service delivery thus poses poises serious and far reaching risks to country development. In 2019, Albania was ranked 106/180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruptions Perceptions Index. Furthermore, according to the 2019Trust in Governance Opinion Poll of the 2500 Albanians surveyed 87% perceived petty corruption to be either widespread or vary widespread, meanwhile 85% perceived grand corruption to be either widespread or very widespread. As such, addressing corruption in presents a significant challenge that requires measures throughout all levels of the public administration. Since 2017, the Ministry of Justice in its role as National Coordinator against Corruption has lead the government’s anti-corruption policy making efforts and the preparation of related laws and bylaws. As the lead responsible public institution for anticorruption the MoJ/National Coordinator against Corruption leads the inter-institutional commitment to ensure a higher performance and culture in the fight against corruption. This inter-institutional commitment focuses on the most vulnerable and corruption-sensitive sectors and strives to promote and ensure an impartial, honest and efficient public administration with civil servants and other public officials with high values, principles and integrity.

What is the commitment? An integrity plan is essentially a risk management plan that focuses on the potential corruption risks an institution may face and consequently can be a powerful anti-corruption instrument. It identifies the primary areas of corruption risk for a particular organization and presents a strategy with concrete mitigation actions, measures and procedures in order to identify these risks and address them such that all levels of the institution operate with integrity. The success of an integrity plan depends both on the soundness of the methodology of its design – how suitable it is to the particular organization, how accountable it requires the individuals of the institution to be, the Commitments | Open Government in the Fight against Corruption | Commitment 1 comprehensiveness of its scope – and its implementation and monitoring process. This commitment establishes a framework for the development and implementation of integrity plans across the public administration. It focuses on establishing a methodology and the development and implementation of a leading integrity plan, through the Ministry of Justice, in order to promote not only increased integrity within the Ministry of Justice, but to also lead by example for line ministries and sub-ordinate institutions. The commitment prioritizes structured reporting frameworks and consultative and monitoring mechanisms that promote involvement of and accountability to citizens.

Objective: This commitment aims to strengthen the integrity framework across the public administration such that all government institutionsoperate with integrity and functionality, in order to prevent corruption both across the board and in their daily activities. The commitment expects that by the end of 2022, in accordance withInter-Sectoral Strategy against Corruption (ISAC) 2015-2023, all ministries and subordinate ministries will have drafted and begun implementing their integrity plan. The development and implementation of integrity plans that clearly define ethical obligations in the workplace across the public administration aims to build and maintain a work culture of ethical work practices. Expected results: • Integrity plan guidance and integrity risk assessment methodology for the central government approved; • Ministry of Justice’s Integrity Plan is approved and implemented; • Integrity risk assessment conducted in Ministry of Justice subordinate institutions & integrity plans approved; • Integrity risk assessment conducted in line ministries& integrity plans approved.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem? In cooperation with the Albanian non-governmental governance think thank the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) the Ministry of Justice/NCAC has co-created and adopted the “Integrity Risk Assessment Methodology in Central Government Institutions” (milestone 1; milestone 3)a guide/methodology on how central administration institutions should assess integrity risk in order to initiate activities to maintain the integrity and performance of public administration employees, at the executive and political level. Workshops will familiarize Ministry of Justice employees with best practices and procedures and train them on the application of assessment frameworks and tools in order to strengthen their technical in identifying, assessing and addressing integrity risks (milestone 2). Through the same cooperation the “Ministry of Justice Integrity Plan 2020-2023” has been drafted through an open and consultative process (milestone 4). A roundtable with public institutions will promote integrity plans and explain the mechanisms and methodology and using the Ministry of Justice’s Integrity Plan as a model document to line ministries and subordinate institutions (milestone 5). Following the consultative methodology developed by the Ministry of Justice subordinate institutions and all central pubic institutions (ministries) will each undergo their own integrity risk assessments to draft their own integrity plans in accordance with their respective areas of responsibility and specific risk factors (milestone 6; milestone 7). Once these plans have been approved, ensuring they meet all the guidelines specified in the methodology, an e-bulletin series will be produced to facilitate the transparency of the integrity plans and accountability to its implementation (milestone 8). To ensure proper implementation of the integrity plans -- from risk identification to risk mitigation -- they will be accompanied by a comprehensive monitoring process that follows a structured monitoring and evaluation framework (milestone 9). Monitoring of the implementation of the Ministry of Justice’s Integrity Plan will be done in consultation with stakeholders and civil society organizations (CSOs) with feedback published and integrated such that the ministry is held accountable to the public as well as to internal systems (milestone 10). Evaluation reports will be regularly conducted and published in real to be available for public comment (milestone 11) to then produce and publish the resulting recommendations to improve the implementation process (milestone 12). This monitoring process will be applied to the implementation of the line ministries and subordinate institutions’ integrity plans once they have begun their implementation phase (milestone 13). OGP challenge affected by this measures Improve public services Increase efficient management of public Resources Increase public integrity Increase corporat e accountability Create a safer community for citizens & civil society ☒ ☐ ☒ ☒ ☐

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? Transparency & Access to Information • Does the ide a disclose more information to the public? • Does the ide a improve the quality of information disclosed to the public? • Does the ide a improve accessibility of information to the public? • Does the ide a e nable the right to information? ☒Y es ☐N o All con sultativ e meetings, r ound-tables and resulting reports and plans of each ministry and su bordinate in stitutions’ integrity plan dev elopment pr ocess will be published and made publically av ailable. Annual monitoring reports on the implementation of integrity plans will be published for public con sumption and will be accompanied with supplementary detailed information to facilitate cit izen s’ comprehension and under standing of the plan s. Public Accountability • Does the ide a create or improve rules, re gulations, and mechanisms to publicly hold gove rnme nt officials answerable to the ir actions? • Does the ide a make the government accountable to the public and not solely to inte rnal syste ms? ☒Y es ☐N o Monitoring reports will track the pr ogress of the initiativ e and the implementation of each in stitution’s integrity plan. These will be completed through public consultations and be published for public consumption in order to enable the ability for civ il society and citizen s to h old in stitutions answerable and accountable to the pr ogress and achiev ement their plan’s stated commitments. Public & Civic Participation • Does the ide a cre ate or improve opportunities, or capabilities for the public to inform or influe nce de cisions? • Does the ide a cre ate or improve the e nabling e nvironme nt for civil socie ty? ☒Y es ☐N o The implementation of publically av ailable integrity plans will help to pr omote public and civ ic engagement on sev eral lev els. These efforts aim to increase public trust n ot only in the in stitution s themselv es, but towards the pr ocess. They work to address the disillusionment of civ il society from participating in g ov ernance reforms. Fir stly , by requiring public in stitutions to con sulate with the public in the design of their integrity plans the commitment will support co-ownership of the process. Secondly , the publication of the plans and inclusion of supplementary information will foster accessibility and citizen awareness and comprehension of the planned reforms that will in turn make cit izen s more in formed and con sequ ently better posit ioned to hold the institutions accountable. Finally , a collaborativ e monitoring framework will prov ide on -g oing opportunities for public accountability and civ ic contributions so that citizens can be a ssured that their contributions and concerns are taken under consideration and applied and therefor e feel incentiv ized to participate and maintain engagement. Technology & Innovation • Will te chnological innovation be used in with one of the other three OGP values to advance participation, transpare ncy or accountability? ☒Y es☐N o Online publication of reports enable transparency in real time coupled with online opportunities for stakeholder con sultation and feedback enable a greater number of citizen s to prov ide participate and pr ov ide feedback. Additionally , the use of an e-bulletin will support transparency and accountability on the implementation of integrity plants.

Milestone Activities Milestones Indicators Responsible Institution / s New or Continued Idea Timeframe Measurable & verifiable achievements to accomplish this objective Result Indicators Output Indicators Lead Responsible Institution Supporting / Coordinating Agencies / Institutions New or continued from 2018- 2020 OGP AP Start Date End Dat e Priority Measure 1: Integrity plans drafted and approved by central government institutions Milestone 1: Methodology document: Guidance / integrity risk a ssessment methodology for the central g ov ernment drafted Central public administration institutions with better performance, accountability and transparency Manual (methodology) completed Ministry of Ju stice (MoJ) Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M I 2020 6M I 2020 Milestone 2: Strengthening the capacities of the MoJ technical sta ff on the identification of integrity risks Workshops on the identi fication of work processes/Analysis and assessment of the intensity of integri ty risks. MoJ CSOs ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M I 2020 6M I 2020 Milestone 3: Appr oval and Pu blication of the Integrity Risk Assessment Methodology for the central g ov ernment. Manual (methodology) approved MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2020 6M II 2020 Milestone 4: Draft ing, consulting, approval and publication of the IP document of the MoJ. Approval of MoJ IP document MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2020 6M II 2020 Milestone 5: In formation and presentation mechanisms to MoJ and LM subordinate in stitutions, for the risk a ssessment process and presentation of the integrity guide MoJ Integrity Plan promotion roundtable MoJ CSOs ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2020 6M II 2020 Milestone 6: Integrity risk a ssessment in MoJ su bordinate in stitutions according to the model dev eloped in MoJ; Integrity plan drafted. Integri ty risk assessment in MoJ su bordinate institutions & integri ty plan drafted. MoJ su bordinates MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M I 2021 6M II 2021 Milestone 7: Integrity risk a ssessment; drafting, approval of Integrity Plans by all central in stitutions (ministries). Ministries have approved IPs Ministries ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans Jan. 2022 Dec. 2022 Milestone 8: Increa sed transparency by public administration in stitutions on IP (e-bulletin) N o. of bulletins produced / pu blished (2021/2022) MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M I 2021 6M II 2022 Priority Measure 2: Comprehensive analysis on the applicability of integrity plans in the Ministry of Justice and line ministries Milestone 9: Methodology document: instrument on monitoring Integrity Plans in central g ov ernment in stitutions Manual (methodology) monitoring/evaluation of IP implementation, conducted and approved MoJ CSOs ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M I 2021 6M I 2021 Milestone 10: Draft ing and con sulting the m onitoring report on the implementation of the IP of MoJ with Stakeh older s and CSOs Stakeholder/CSO consultation calendar established & pu blished. Stakeholder consultations MoJ CSOs ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2021 6M II 2021 held. Stakeholder feedback pu blished & response integrated into the monitoring report. Milestone 11: Ev aluation report performed for the implementation of the IP of MoJ is performed ev ery 1 y ear (2 internal reports/ev ery 6 months) during the time of implementation of the plan Evaluation reports conducted. Evaluation reports published & pu blically available in real time. Evaluation reports available for public feedback. MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2021 6M II 2022 Milestone 12: Pr eparation of recommendation s ba sed on the fin dings of the evaluation performed/added transparency to the giv en recommendation s N o. of recommendations drafted for IPs. Recommendations pu blished in real time for pu blic consumption. MoJ ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2021 6M II 2022 Milestone 13: Draft ing and con sulting the m onitoring report on the implementation of the IP of MoJ su bordinate with Stakeh older s/CSOs through information meetings/w orksh ops Stakeholder/CSO consultation calendar established & pu blished. Stakeholder consultations held. Stakeholder feedback pu blished & response integrated into the monitoring report. MoJ CSOs ☐N o ☒Y es Integrity Plans 6M II 2022 6M II 2022


Commitments

  1. Create and implement integrity plans across all ministeries

    AL0065, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Creation of online beneficial ownership register

    AL0066, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  3. Establish online portal for feedback on public service delivery

    AL0067, 2020, E-Government

  4. Expand open data portal and promote access

    AL0068, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Implement citizen assessment process to improve public service delivery

    AL0069, 2020, E-Government

  6. Establish directorate to improve citizens' access to legal aid

    AL0070, 2020, Access to Justice

  7. Publish more accessible and transparent information on Ministry of Justice website

    AL0071, 2020, E-Government

  8. Publish accessible budget information online for citizen engagement

    AL0072, 2020, E-Government

  9. Improve reporting on public finance information

    AL0073, 2020, E-Government

  10. Transparency of Government Reporting

    AL0061, 2018, E-Government

  11. e-Government

    AL0062, 2018, Access to Information

  12. Improved Business Regulation

    AL0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  14. Improvement of Database/Portal with Coordinators’ Data of the Right to Information and Transparency Programs

    AL0044, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Budget Transparency

    AL0045, 2016, E-Government

  16. Integrated Registry of Citizens’ Housing

    AL0046, 2016, Citizenship & Immigration

  17. Establishment of Electronic Registry for Public Notification and Consultation

    AL0047, 2016, E-Government

  18. Digital Archive

    AL0048, 2016, E-Government

  19. Creating a Database for Archiving and Publication of Research Funds and Programs in Albania

    AL0049, 2016, E-Government

  20. Commitment to Publish Online Central and Local Government Legislation in Open Systems and for Free

    AL0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Commitment to Open Standards for Contracting

    AL0051, 2016, Access to Information

  22. Starred commitment Implementation of the Law "On Protection of Whistleblowers", Capacity Building, Amendments and Its Bylaws

    AL0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. Provision of Electronic Services

    AL0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Establishment of Multifunctional Centralized System for Building Permits

    AL0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Establishment and Distribution of Digital Counters

    AL0055, 2016, E-Government

  26. Service Passport Standardization

    AL0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Citizen Card

    AL0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Electronic System of Registration of e-Prescription in the Republic of Albania

    AL0058, 2016, E-Government

  29. Electronic Monitoring System of Forests

    AL0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  30. Integrated Electronic System for Professional Licensing of Individuals and Legal Entities That Will Operate in the Field of Study Design and Supervision of Commissioning of Construction Works

    AL0060, 2016, E-Government

  31. Standardization of Corruption Complaints

    AL0031, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  32. Electronic Registry of Energy and Industry Permits

    AL0032, 2014, E-Government

  33. Implementation of Public Expenses Module in "Open Data" Format

    AL0033, 2014, Access to Information

  34. Promoting OGP Values Among Local Authorities

    AL0034, 2014, Local Commitments

  35. Database on Economic Assitance Beneficiaries

    AL0035, 2014, E-Government

  36. Electronic Portal on Water Resources Administration and Management

    AL0036, 2014, E-Government

  37. Single Window

    AL0037, 2014, E-Government

  38. Electronic Access to Protected Areas

    AL0038, 2014, E-Government

  39. National Geoportal

    AL0039, 2014, E-Government

  40. e-Albania

    AL0040, 2014, E-Government

  41. e-Document

    AL0041, 2014, E-Government

  42. Starred commitment Law on Whistleblowers Protection

    AL0042, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  43. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

  44. Open Data Portal

    AL0001, 2012, Access to Information

  45. e-Acts

    AL0002, 2012, E-Government

  46. e-Parliament

    AL0003, 2012, E-Government

  47. Extension of the Governmental Network, GOVNET

    AL0004, 2012, E-Government

  48. e-Government Interoperability Framework, e-GIF

    AL0005, 2012, E-Government

  49. Government Datacenter

    AL0006, 2012, E-Government

  50. Excise System

    AL0007, 2012, E-Government

  51. Starting of the e-Tax System

    AL0008, 2012, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Online State Matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  53. The Regulation on Ethics in Research and Publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  54. Digitalization of Higher Education Accreditation Process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  55. U-Gov System

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  56. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  57. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

  58. e-Employment Project

    AL0015, 2012, E-Government

  59. e-Concessions Procedures

    AL0016, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  60. Amendment of the Law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents”

    AL0017, 2012, Access to Justice

  61. Drafting a New Law on "Notice and Consultation"

    AL0018, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  62. Tracking Project

    AL0019, 2012, E-Government

  63. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, Access to Justice

  64. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, Access to Justice

  65. Work Inspection, Online Complaint

    AL0022, 2012, E-Government

  66. Financial Module of All Educational Institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  67. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

  68. Starred commitment e-Albania Portal

    AL0025, 2012, E-Government

  69. e-Inspection Portal

    AL0026, 2012, E-Government

  70. Starred commitment Portal Www.Gjykata.Gov.Al

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  71. Disclosure of the List of Payments Made Daily by the Government Units

    AL0028, 2012, Access to Information

  72. e-Procurement System for All Small Purchases of Public Procurement

    AL0029, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  73. Implementation of the EITI Recommendations

    AL0030, 2012, Anti-Corruption

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