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Civil Servant Training (RO0058)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Romania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice (MJ), Directorate for Crime Prevention

Support Institution(s): Anti-Corruption General Directorate

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: No IRM Data

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Annual mandatory training of civil servants on integrity matters
2018-2019
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry of Justice (MJ), Directorate for Crime Prevention Other actors involved State actors Anti-Corruption General Directorate CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups What is the public problem that the commitment will address? As there is a low level of anti-corruption education among civil servants, one of the objectives proposed by the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2016-2020 is to deploy online training modules dedicated to management and executive staff in central and local public institutions and authorities, as well as those in their subordination / coordination structures.
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry of Justice (MJ), Directorate for Crime Prevention Other actors involved State actors Anti-Corruption General Directorate CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups What is the public problem that the commitment will address? As there is a low level of anti-corruption education among civil servants, one of the objectives proposed by the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2016-2020 is to deploy online training modules dedicated to management and executive staff in central and local public institutions and authorities, as well as those in their subordination / coordination structures.
Milestone activity with a verifiable deliverable Responsible agency / partner Start Date: End Date: Developing the training program MJ November 2018 December 2018 Develop the e-learning format for the professional training courses MJ July 2019 August 2019 Additional information Budget The budget will be 1,103,130 lei. The source already exists, with European funds being made available to implement this action through the Operational Capacity Administrative Program (OCAP), on the project "Strengthening the Administrative Capacity of the Technical Secretariat of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2016-2020 to support the implementation of anti-corruption measures". The financing agreement was signed on 21 November 2017 and will have an implementation period of 22 months. Correlation with other government programs/strategies This commitment is correlated with the specific objective no. 4.1. - Increasing the degree of anticorruption education of the personnel from the central and local public authorities and institutions, from the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, whose actions include: - Development by the MJ of an annual, on-line training program on public-service integrity issues, dedicated to senior management and executive staff in public institutions (OGP Commitment / London Summit Commitment); - Organize and run sectoral programs to raise awareness and level of anti-corruption education among staff in central and local public administration

IRM Midterm Status Summary

11. Annual mandatory training of civil servants on integrity matters

Commitment Text: "MJ will provide the e-learning platform and will develop support materials for online training in the field of integrity, accessible from the eLearning platform of the Ministry of Justice. Leaders and executives from local and central public institutions and authorities will be able to access e-learning modules based on usernames and passwords. Participants who will follow on-line training sessions will need to take a test to complete the course. These interactive modules will consolidate the information already held by users and will provide new information on ethics and integrity. Participants will take a test after completing the courses."

Milestones:

    • Developing the training program
    • Develop the e-learning format for the professional training courses

Start Date: November 2018

End Date: August 2019

Editorial Note: The commitment text is abridged. The full text can be found in the OGP 2018-2010 national action plan.

Context and Objectives

Implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy (SNA) 2012-2015 revealed that the level of anticorruption knowledge among public servants is low. Consequently, one of the objectives of the 2016-2020 SNA was to train management and executive staff in central and local public authorities as well as in the subordinated structures on how to prevent corruption. Continued from Romania’s previous action plan (2016-2018), this commitment adds an anticorruption element to the curricula used in the mandatory trainings of public servants.

As written, the anticorruption training in this commitment represents internal government accountability efforts that lack a public-facing element. Nevertheless, according to an interviewed representative of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the public will be given access to the anticorruption e-learning materials used to train the public servants, as they will be published on the MoJ website and will be referred to during the awareness raising campaigns that MoJ will coordinate in the context of Commitment 12 of this action plan. [111] The training program and e-learning format are clearly written and verifiable.

This commitment could increase the knowledge of public servants on how to prevent conflicts of interests and eventual crimes of corruption. However, it does not specify the content of the training, and without any specified enforcement mechanism or other way to change incentives, it is unclear what impact it will have on changing bad practices. Consequently, this commitment has a minor potential impact.

Next steps

While training civil servants on integrity matters, and raising internal awareness on corruption may contribute to preventing corruption, the IRM researcher recommends adding a public-facing component to this commitment if it is carried forward. To this end, MoJ could open the training materials to the public and raise awareness on the training efforts of the MoJ, the amount of trainings provided, the number of public servants that have successfully completed the trainings, and the training materials. If these elements are made public, this commitment may marginally increase citizens’ trust in public administration.

Overall, however, given the low potential impact of this commitment, the IRM researcher does not recommend carrying this commitment forward to the next national action plan.

[111] Interview with Ruxandra Banica, Ministry of Justice (MoJ), 28 August 2019.


Commitments

  1. Streamline processes of consulting and involving citizens in innovative policy-making

    RO0066, 2020, Capacity Building

  2. Increase youth involvement in decision-making processes

    RO0067, 2020, E-Government

  3. Extend open government initiatives to the local level

    RO0068, 2020, Capacity Building

  4. Improving access to social services for vulnerable citizens

    RO0069, 2020, Capacity Building

  5. Create centralized public database for non-reimbursable financing

    RO0070, 2020, E-Government

  6. Analyze and increase availability of data on public allocations and procurements

    RO0071, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  7. Publish information about projects financed by Romania in the Republic of Moldova

    RO0072, 2020, Aid

  8. Promote rights of citizens belonging to national minorities

    RO0073, 2020, Access to Justice

  9. Assess and draft recommendations to improve health services

    RO0074, 2020, Access to Information

  10. Analyze data and train health professionals in reducing patient risk

    RO0075, 2020, Capacity Building

  11. Eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic procedures at central government level

    RO0076, 2020, E-Government

  12. Increase amount of open data

    RO0077, 2020, Access to Information

  13. Standardize Public Consultation Practices

    RO0048, 2018, E-Government

  14. Open Local Government

    RO0049, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. Citizen Budgets

    RO0050, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Register of Civil Society Proposals

    RO0052, 2018, E-Government

  18. Access to Information – Local

    RO0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  19. Online Business Sector Information

    RO0054, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Digital Consular Services

    RO0055, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Transparency in the Funding of Political Parties

    RO0056, 2018, Access to Information

  22. National Investment Fund Transparency

    RO0057, 2018, Access to Information

  23. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  25. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, Access to Information

  26. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Research

    RO0062, 2018, Access to Information

  28. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Access to Information

  29. Evaluate Open Data

    RO0064, 2018, Access to Information

  30. Open Data

    RO0065, 2018, Access to Information

  31. Improving the Legal Framework and Practices Regarding Access to Public Interest Information

    RO0030, 2016, Access to Information

  32. Centralized Publishing of Public Interest Information on the Single Gateway Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Promoting Open Parliament Principles

    RO0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Starred commitment Improved Management of the Applications Submitted for Granting Citizenship

    RO0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Standardization of Transparency Practices in the Decision-Making Procedures

    RO0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Centralised Publication of Legislative Projects on the Single Gateway Consultare.Gov.Ro

    RO0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Citizens Budgets

    RO0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Improve Youth Consultation and Public Participation

    RO0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  39. Subnational Open Government

    RO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Promoting Transparency in the Decision-Making Process By Setting Up a Transparency Register (RUTI)

    RO0039, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  41. Access to Performance Indicators Monitored in the Implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy (SNA)

    RO0040, 2016, Access to Information

  42. Improve Transparency in the Management of Seized Assets

    RO0041, 2016, Access to Information

  43. Annual Mandatory Training of Civil Servants on Integrity Matters

    RO0042, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  44. Improving Access to Cultural Heritage

    RO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  45. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Open Contracting

    RO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  48. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0047, 2016, Access to Information

  49. Publishing the Public Interest Information on a Single Government Portal: Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0019, 2014, Access to Information

  50. Making an Inventory of the Datasets Produced by the Ministries and Subordinate Agencies

    RO0020, 2014, Access to Information

  51. Starred commitment Ensuring the Free Online Access to National Legislation

    RO0021, 2014, E-Government

  52. Amending Law 109/2007 on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    RO0022, 2014, Access to Information

  53. Opening Data Collected from the National Health System

    RO0023, 2014, Access to Information

  54. Opening Data Collected from the Monitoring of Preventive Measures as Part of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2012-2015

    RO0024, 2014, Access to Information

  55. Open Contracting

    RO0025, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  56. Opening up Data Resulted from Publicly-Funded Research Projects

    RO0026, 2014, E-Government

  57. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0027, 2014, Access to Information

  58. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

    RO0028, 2014, Access to Information

  59. Disseminating Information on the OGP Principles and Promoting the Open Data Concept in an Accessible Manner

    RO0029, 2014, Public Participation

  60. Designating a Person Responsible for Publishing Open Data in Each Public Institution

    RO0001, 2012, Access to Information

  61. Identifying Regulatory Needs, Logistical and Technical Solutions

    RO0002, 2012, Access to Information

  62. Making an Inventory of Available (High-Value) Data-Sets

    RO0003, 2012, Access to Information

  63. Priority Publishing on the Web Pages of Public Institutions of Specific Data-Sets

    RO0004, 2012, Access to Information

  64. Initiating Pilot-Projects, in Partnerships

    RO0005, 2012, Access to Information

  65. Organizing Public Debates on the Utility of Open Data, in Partnerships

    RO0006, 2012, Access to Information

  66. Uniform, Machine-Readable Publishing Format for Open Data

    RO0007, 2012, Access to Information

  67. Procedures for Publication of Data-Sets Based on Civil Society Recommendations

    RO0008, 2012, Access to Information

  68. Procedures for Citizen Complaints Pertaining to Open Data

    RO0009, 2012, Access to Information

  69. Consultation Mechanism Between Suppliers and Beneficiaries of Open Data

    RO0010, 2012, Access to Information

  70. Creating a Rating System for the Assessment of High-Value Data-Sets

    RO0011, 2012, Access to Information

  71. Routinely Publishing Specific Data-Sets on Web Pages of Public Institutions

    RO0012, 2012, Access to Information

  72. Integrating Open Data from Public Institutions in a Single National Platform

    RO0013, 2012, Access to Information

  73. Inventories of Data, in Order to Facilitate Public Access

    RO0014, 2012, Access to Information

  74. Institute a Monitoring Mechanism of Compliance for Open Data

    RO0015, 2012, Access to Information

  75. Stimulating the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    RO0016, 2012, Access to Information

  76. Routinely Publishing Data-Sets on the National Platform, 25% High-Value

    RO0017, 2012, Access to Information

  77. The Public Procurement Electronic System (SEAP). the Electronic Allocation System for Transports (SAET)/B.1 C) Expanding the On-Line Submission of Fiscal Forms. Ensuring the Free On-Line Access to National Legislation. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage Subpoenas and Facilitate Access Toinformation Regarding Legal Proceedings. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to Obtaining the Romanian Citizenship. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to the Creation of Non-Profit Legal Persons. the Integrated System for Electronic Access to Justice (SIIAEJ)

    RO0018, 2012, Access to Justice

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