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Lithuania

Promoting Anti-Corruption Education (LT0014)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Lithuania, Second Action Plan for 2014-16

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministries

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption Institutions, Capacity Building, Health, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Public Accountability

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Increased public intolerance to corruption, and public involvement in anticorruption has been encouraged; anticorruption education programmes have been developed and implemented. Delining share of population thinking corruption is widespread according to Special Eurobarometer (in 2014 – 95 %, in 2015 – 94%, 2016 – 93%). Growing Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (in 2013 – 57, in 2014 – 58, in 2015 – 59, in 2016 - 60). Anti-corruption initiative “Clean hands” has been carried across health institutions in Lithuania (Ministry of Health, Q2/2014).

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 8. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

Commitment Text:

Initiative 4: corruption prevention, transparency promotion

Area: To reduce the scale of corruption

Action (milestone): to promote anti-corruption education by employing mass media and other means.

Expected outcome:

  1. Increased public intolerance to corruption, and public involvement in anti-corruption has been encouraged; anticorruption education programmes have been developed and implemented.
  2. Delining share of population thinking corruption is widespread according to Special Eurobarometer (in 2014 – 95 %, in 2015 – 94%, 2016 – 93%).
  3. Growing Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (in 2013 – 57, in 2014 – 58, in 2015 – 59, in 2016 - 60).
  4.  Anti-corruption initiative “Clean hands” has been carried across health institutions in Lithuania (Ministry of Health, Q2/2014).

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Responsible institution: Ministries

Supporting institutions: Not specified

Start date: 2014.....................   ...................... End date: 2016

 

 
Commitment aim:

This commitment aims to promote anti-corruption education through the use of media and the creation of anti-corruption education programmes. This commitment comes in a context where 95 percent of Lithuanians believe that corruption is widespread.[Note 32: EC Eurobarometer survey report 2014: https://www.stt.lt/documents/es_ataskaita_2014/Lietuva_2014.pdf.]

 
Status

Midterm: Substantial

Throughout the first year of the action plan, numerous anti-corruption education campaign outputs were visible in  the mass media. The Special Investigation Service and the Ministry of Education and Science had been developing anti-corruption education programmes well before this action plan came into effect. Anti-corruption NGOs interviewed by the IRM researcher confirmed the existence of these programmes.

The milestone to carry out the Clean Hands initiative was completed. Since the Ministry of Health did not specify the number of public health institutions that should carry the Clean Hands initiative, the IRM researcher has presumed that the initiative concerns the 21 health care institutions that are under the ministry’s jurisdiction. This one time initiative aimed to rank 21 health care institutions according to their anti-corruption index. The index includes information about the amount of information available to patients and an anonymous survey of staff and patients, among others. The Ministry of Health did not make the results of the survey publically available. 

End of term: Substantial

The IRM researcher could not identify any further activities conducted towards completion of the anti-corruption programme.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Public accountability: Did not change

A representative of Transparency International[Note 33: Interview held on 12 October 2015. ] remarked that while anti-corruption education is necessary it can only be truly effective in reducing corruption levels if combined with other methods on other levels of state and municipal governance (for instance, by promoting practical participation of pupils at schools and developing democratic skills early in life).

In the action plan, the government measures the success of this commitment with an increase of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score. While Lithuania’s CPI score has increased, such change can hardly be attributed to isolated anti-corruption efforts, such as those in this commitment.

In conclusion, there is no evidence suggesting, that substantial completion of this commitment has resulted in more open government practices, such as increased access to information or public accountability.

Carried forward?

The third national action plan does not include any type of commitment that would aim to further reduce corruption levels in Lithuania.


Lithuania's Commitments

  1. open data

    LT0024, 2018, E-Government

  2. NGO database, NGO fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. publish fiscal information

    LT0026, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. monitoring and evlauation for public participation

    LT0028, 2018, Public Participation

  6. legislative process evaluation

    LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Build open data portal, and integrate into the European single digital market.

    LT0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Publicize information about government activities and civic participation in governance.

    LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Publish online information about revenues and spending of national and municipal institutions

    LT0017, 2016, E-Government

  10. Create and broadcast social advertisements that target corruption in the healthcare system

    LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Create legal, organizational and technical tools to easily access detailed information about election and voting procedures

    LT0019, 2016, E-Government

  12. Create public consultation mechanism

    LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Foster open public governance culture in public sector

    LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Creation of NGO database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  15. Creation of NGO fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Public Service Quality Improvements

    LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building

  17. Developing and Promoting E-Services

    LT0008, 2014, E-Government

  18. Encouraging Public Participation

    LT0009, 2014, E-Government

  19. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  20. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  21. Accessibility of Public Information

    LT0012, 2014, E-Government

  22. Public Decision-Making Transparency

    LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

    LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Increase of the accessibility of the information held by public administration authorities.

    LT0001, 2012, Records Management

  25. Centralised publishing of information on Government activities

    LT0002, 2012, Records Management

  26. More extensive public consultations

    LT0003, 2012, Public Participation

  27. Promotion of public participation in public administration processes

    LT0004, 2012, Legislature

  28. Increasing the accessibility of services provided to the public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  29. Promotion of public participation in the process for the improvement of service provision

    LT0006, 2012, Public Participation