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Ethics in Public Management (LV0034)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Latvia National Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: State Chancellery, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and the School of Public Administration

Support Institution(s): All ministries and their subordinate institutions MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS Society "Latvian Open Management Partnership" Center for Public Policy "PROVIDUS"

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Latvia Implementation Report 2017-2019, Latvia Design Report 2017-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Raise awareness of values and ethics PUBLIC
MANAGEMENT
DEADLINE:
2017 2nd half - 2019 1st half
WHAT ARE THE STATE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES WHICH HELPS MEETING THIS
COMMITMENT?
MK 2013 February 6, approved by the State Administration of Human Development Concept 37
It was defined vision - an effective public administration, acting as a single employer and provides results-oriented
public management.
The Public Administration Act, the Administrative Procedure Law and several other laws and regulations set out in separate
public administration values and principles. Cabinet of Ministers on 9 January 2001 Instruction No. 1 "An official's Principles
of Conduct" 38 down the principles of conduct for civil servants. Public administrations at the level of the approved codes of
ethics and codes of conduct.
In 2011, the SC issued Competency dictionary 39 included in the public administration actual competence, what are the do's
and don'ts of action performance process. In 2013, developed by the State Administration of customer service guide 40 out
customer service values, attitudes, and basic principles of government relations with citizens and colleagues. At the same
time now we are missing one document gathering public administration values and ethical principles. It should be
applicable to a wide enough state-employed workers and an appropriate range of current and future needs of the public
administration. It is therefore necessary to continue the single values and code of ethics in public administration
employees development. Then it follows the practical implementation of measures, including discussions, methodology
and training.
A study of the role of public administration and future development states: "[..] organizations with strong value system
procedures, procedures and controls occupy less significant role in the conduct of employees led by values. [..] State
Administration employees face value conflicts and dilemmas
37 See: http://polsis.mk.gov.lv/documents/4231 38 View:
https://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=1574 39 State Chancellery. "Competency
Dictionary". 2011th
View: https://nevis.mk.gov.lv/Uploads/CompetenceDictionary.6310fce38bd842a3b5a769030b30042a.pdf 40 State Chancellery. "State Administration
Customer Service Manual". 2013th
View: http://mazaksslogs.gov.lv/files/klientu_apkalosanas_rokasgramata.pdf
7th
COMMITMENT
LATVIAN OPEN MANAGEMENT THIRD NATIONAL ACTION PLAN 35
where you can help the ethical principle of knowledge and skills of conflicts of interest. " 41 Such a framework could be used for a
common understanding and fostering a culture of public administration.
2017 On 26 January, adopted the OECD recommendation '' The integrity of the state and society '' 42
Member States put forward the following requirements:
• set high standards of behavior, such as work in the public interest, and to define a clear public
value;
• to promote the values specified in the public administration and society, including the calling to follow consultation with the public
administration;
• provide sufficient information on the ethical standards as well as training and guidance material and the opportunity to
receive advice in the workplace. For the public administration values and ethical principles to better understand and manage, as
well as to facilitate the proper conduct of everyday life, it is necessary to carry out the implementation of targeted measures.
WHAT IS COMMITMENT?
Carry out targeted implementation of measures to promote awareness of the public administration values and ethical principles:
• approve a single public administration values and ethics code;
• develop methodological materials for public administration values and ethical principles and to distribute it to the public
administration;
• organize all ministries, with the participation of their subordinate institutions, interpretative activities of the public
administration values and ethical principles;
• to develop e-learning course on public administration values and ethical principles;
• public administration employees to promote awareness and discussion of the values and ethical principles and
their proper conduct.
HOW TO COMMITMENT will be introduced and the solution to these problems?
The commitment will be achieved by the gradual introduction of the measures proposed, which are aimed at public administration values
and ethical behavior animation. Commitment will strengthen the common understanding and joint action will contribute to good
governance, public administration will raise the quality of work and will enhance public confidence in government.
41 "Baltic Institute of Social Sciences", Ltd. "ODA".
"Study on the role of public administration and development in the future." 2015th
View: http://www.mk.gov.lv/sites/default/files/editor/petijums_par_valsts_parvaldes_lomu_un_attistibu_ nakotne.pdf
42 OECD. "C (2017) 5 Recommendation of the OECD Council on Public Integrity". 2017th
View: http://www.oecd.org/gov/ethics/recommendation-public-integrity.htm
LATVIAN OPEN MANAGEMENT THIRD NATIONAL ACTION PLAN 36
HOW TO MEET COMMITMENT OGP VALUES?
OGP commitment to promote core values - openness, accountability and public participation in the public administration
values animation.
Commitment to comply with the OGP Paris Summit Declaration states: "Open management brings better results to
the public and stimulate our democracy to become more oriented to person and more open to citizens have
opportunities to more actively participate in decisions that affect their lives, and that public institutions really serve
the public." 43
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Compliance with international obligations
• OECD Council Recommendation "The integrity of the state and society '';
• UN Sustainable Development 16.6. Sub "Developing an effective, accountable and transparent
institutions at all levels."
INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVES
1. Methodological material on public administration values and ethical principles and to distribute it to the public administration
01.01.2018. - 2018 2nd half
2. E-learning course on public administration values and ethical principles
01.01.2018. - 2018 2nd half
3. Explanatory activities on public administration values and ethical principles in ministries with subordinate
authorities in
01.01.2018. - 2019 1st half
RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
State Chancellery, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and the School of Public Administration
43 OGP. "Paris Declaration. 4th Global Summit of the OGP ". 2016th
View: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/OGP-Summit_PARIS-DECLARATION_EN.pdf
LATVIAN OPEN MANAGEMENT THIRD NATIONAL ACTION PLAN 37
OTHER MEASURES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
INVOLVED
All ministries and their subordinate institutions
MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS
Society "Latvian Open Management Partnership" Center
for Public Policy "PROVIDUS"

IRM Midterm Status Summary

7. Code of Ethics

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

Editorial Note: The Latvian government did not submit an official English translation of its 2017−2019 to OGP. Therefore, the original Latvian version as it appears in the action plan can be viewed below. For the full text of this commitment, please see the Latvia 2017−2019 action plan here: https://www.mk.gov.lv/sites/default/files/editor/atvertas-parvaldibas-plans2017.pdf.

Veikt mērķtiecīgus ieviešanas pasākumus, lai veicinātu izpratni par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem:

  • apstiprināt vienoto valsts pārvaldes vērtību un ētikas principu kodeksu;
  • izstrādāt metodisku materiālu par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem un izplatīt to valsts pārvaldē;
  • organizēt visās ministrijās, piedaloties to padotības iestādēm, skaidrojošus pasākumus par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem;
  • izstrādāt e-apmācību kursu par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem;
  • valsts pārvaldes iestādēs veicināt nodarbināto izpratni un diskusiju par vērtībām un ētikas principiem un tiem atbilstošu rīcību.

Milestones:

7.1. Metodisks materiāls par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem un izplatīt to valsts pārvaldē

7.2. E-apmācību kurss par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem

7.3. Skaidrojoši pasākumi par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem ministrijās ar padotības iestāžu līdzdalību

Start Date: 1 Jul. 2017

End Date: 30 Jul. 2019

Context and Objectives

This commitment continues from a previous action plan, which had a commitment that resulted in developing a code of ethics for public sector employees. The code addresses conflicts of interest and gifts, relations with lobbyists, and professional conduct for civil servants. It also contains guidance on operating ethics committees within public institutions and offers good practices for resolving difficult situations. This commitment aims to raise civil servants’ awareness of the code through a methodology, an online course and other educational activities.

Although a code of ethics can improve governmental integrity, this commitment is not directly relevant to OGP values because it is internal to the government.

As written, the commitment’s activities are verifiable, such as developing the methodology and e-course. However, the commitment does not specify how many events are planned and what is the targeted number of civil servants for raising awareness. If fully implemented, the activities could strengthen the integrity of civil servants by raising awareness of the code of ethics among Latvia’s public sector. While the code of ethics could provide an important foundation for a value-based culture in the public sector, without more details on the awareness raising activities and given the lack of a clear enforcement mechanism, the potential impact of this commitment is minor.

Next steps

Considering that this commitment lacks a public-facing element, the IRM researcher does not recommend carrying it forward to the next action plan. Additional efforts can be made to raise awareness about the code not only with civil servants, but also with journalists.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

7. Code of Ethics

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

Editorial Note: The Latvian government did not submit an official English translation of its 2017−2019 to OGP. Therefore, the original Latvian version as it appears in the action plan can be viewed below. For the full text of this commitment, please see the Latvia 2017−2019 action plan here: https://www.mk.gov.lv/sites/default/files/editor/atvertas-parvaldibas-plans2017.pdf.

Veikt mērķtiecīgus ieviešanas pasākumus, lai veicinātu izpratni par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem:

  • apstiprināt vienoto valsts pārvaldes vērtību un ētikas principu kodeksu;
  • izstrādāt metodisku materiālu par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem un izplatīt to valsts pārvaldē;
  • organizēt visās ministrijās, piedaloties to padotības iestādēm, skaidrojošus pasākumus par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem;
  • izstrādāt e-apmācību kursu par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem;
  • valsts pārvaldes iestādēs veicināt nodarbināto izpratni un diskusiju par vērtībām un ētikas principiem un tiem atbilstošu rīcī

Milestones:

7.1. Metodisks materiāls par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem un izplatīt to valsts pārvaldē

7.2. E-apmācību kurss par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem

7.3. Skaidrojoši pasākumi par valsts pārvaldes vērtībām un ētikas principiem ministrijās ar padotības iestāžu līdzdalību

Start Date: 1 Jul. 2017

End Date: 30 Jul. 2019

During its second action plan (2015−2017), Latvia drafted a Code of Ethics for public sector employees to address conflicts of interest and gifts, relations with lobbyists, and professional conduct for civil servants. The government approved the Code of Ethics on 21 November 2018 during the implementation of the current, third action plan. [40] This commitment aimed to raise civil servants’ awareness of the code through a methodology, an online course, and other educational activities.

The State Chancellery, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB), and the State Administration School held trainings on professional ethics for 5,662 public officials and for state-owned companies. The State Administration School developed a training course on ethics and training courses were conducted at universities for around 400 students. The CPCB conducted 48 educational seminars for 2,615 students from central and local government institutions. [41] Overall, the communication activities of this commitment marginally improved the regulation of lobbying in Latvia.

The Code of Ethics is a publicly available document regulating interactions between government officials and lobbyists and asking for disclosure of meetings with lobbyists in the public annotations attached to draft laws and regulations. It requires government officials to equally release to interested parties any information that is disclosed to lobbyists. It also includes guidance on operating ethics committees within public institutions and offers good practices for resolving difficult situations. [42] Not obeying the Code of Ethics can lead to disciplinary cases for civil servants.

While the Code of Ethics is a positive step toward better lobbying regulations, Latvia still lacks a publicly available lobbying register which would significantly improve transparency (explained in Commitment 4). Proposed legislative amendments for lobbying transparency were not passed by the end of the third action plan period, but this policy area is continued in Latvia’s fourth action plan (2019−2021).

[40] Parliament of Latvia, “Valsts pārvaldes vērtības un ētikas pamatprincipi” [Basic values and ethics of public administration] no. 2018/235.12 (Latvijas Vēstnesis, 21 Nov. 2018), https://likumi.lv/ta/id/303328-valsts-parvaldes-vertibas-un-etikas-pamatprincipi.

[41] CPCB, email exchange with IRM researcher, Oct. 2019.

[42] Zinta Miezaine, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Latvia Design Report 2017−2019 (OGP, 2019), 32, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Latvia_Design-Report_2017-2019_EN.pdf.


Commitments

  1. Transparency in Public Procurement and Contracts

    LV0040, 2019, Access to Information

  2. Open Data

    LV0041, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Transparency in Lobbying

    LV0042, 2019, Capacity Building

  4. Open Municipal Government

    LV0043, 2019, E-Government

  5. Public Engagement in Policymaking

    LV0044, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. Anti-corruption Measures

    LV0045, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  7. Public Participation in Decision-Making

    LV0028, 2017, Access to Information

  8. e-Legal Services

    LV0029, 2017, Access to Information

  9. Open Data

    LV0030, 2017, Access to Information

  10. Lobbying Transparency

    LV0031, 2017, Capacity Building

  11. Budget Transparency

    LV0032, 2017, E-Government

  12. Whistleblower Protections

    LV0033, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  13. Ethics in Public Management

    LV0034, 2017, Capacity Building

  14. Zero Bureaucracy

    LV0035, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  15. Open Public Procurement

    LV0036, 2017, Access to Information

  16. Transparency in State Management

    LV0037, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Beneficial Ownership

    LV0038, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  18. Evidence-Based Governance

    LV0039, 2017, Capacity Building

  19. Starred commitment Concept Note on Publishing Data

    LV0018, 2015, Access to Information

  20. Portal Drafting Legislature and Development of Planning Documents

    LV0019, 2015, E-Government

  21. Platform Unifying Gov. Webpages

    LV0020, 2015, E-Government

  22. Starred commitment Transparency of Selecting Candidates for the Boards and Councils of Public Entity Enterprises

    LV0021, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  23. Supervising Officials Responsible of Public Resources

    LV0022, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  24. Sustainable Model of Financing NGOs

    LV0023, 2015, Civic Space

  25. Starred commitment Online Collection of Signatures on Referenda

    LV0024, 2015, E-Government

  26. Draft Law on Protecting Whistleblowers

    LV0025, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  27. Assessment of the System of the Financing Political Parties

    LV0026, 2015, Political Integrity

  28. Code of Ethics and a Public Administration Employee’S Handbook for Public Sector

    LV0027, 2015, Capacity Building

  29. NGO Fund

    LV0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  30. Strengthen Social Partners

    LV0002, 2012, Public Participation

  31. Trade Union Law

    LV0003, 2012, Civic Space

  32. NGO Co-Working

    LV0004, 2012, Civic Space

  33. Public Engagement Model

    LV0005, 2012, Open Regulations

  34. Internet Access Points

    LV0006, 2012, E-Government

  35. Public Service Assessment

    LV0007, 2012, Public Service Delivery

  36. Enhancing e-services

    LV0008, 2012, E-Government

  37. Transport e-services

    LV0009, 2012, E-Government

  38. Asset Disclosure

    LV0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  39. Lobbying Law

    LV0011, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  40. Whistleblower Protection

    LV0012, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  41. Public Subsidy Control

    LV0013, 2012, Private Sector

  42. State Owned Enterprises Management

    LV0014, 2012, Private Sector

  43. Single Platform for Government Websites and Information

    LV0015, 2012, E-Government

  44. Online Broadcasting From the Cabinet and Parliament

    LV0016, 2012, E-Government

  45. Website For Public Participation

    LV0017, 2012, E-Government

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