Fighting corruption in the public sector

OECD supports Hungary in developing a Code of Conduct for Civil Servants

 

5 July 2012 - Budapest, Hungary

 

The OECD together with the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary organised a workshop on codes of conduct with the participation of over 100 civil servants from the whole of public administration, as well as experts from Austria, Slovenia and the OECD Secretariat.

 

The workshop discussed key issues for developing and implementing a code of conduct in Hungary, and took place within the framework of the OECD - Hungary Partnership in Public Administration Reform Programme through which the OECD provides advice in support of the “Magyary Programme - a Framework Strategy for Public Administration Development 2011-2014”.

 

 

Hungary image 1

 

Hungary image 2

 

The workshop was opened by Viktor Horváth, Head of the Department for the Reform of the Public Administration and Strategy Planning, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and Mr. Janos Bertok, Head of the OECD Public Sector Integrity Division, Public Governance Directorate. Mr. Stefan Ritter from the Austrian Federal Chancellery and Ms. Urška Gorenc-Ule, Public Sector Directorate, Slovenian Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, shared their experiences in adopting codes of conduct and implementing them to enhance integrity in the public sector. They shared insights on (i) how the code was prepared and adopted in various country contexts; (ii) how the codes are implemented and applied in practice with particular reference to challenges; and (iii) the lessons learned.

 

Participants held lively discussions in breakout sessions on issues including: 


  • problems arising from gifts and hospitality
  • conflicts between obedience and professionalism
  • the effect of codes of conduct on privacy
  • transparency as a core value of a code of conduct; and
  • ethical and rational limits of cooperation between colleagues, state institutions, and customers or social partners.

 

Participants identified the following as success factors for an effective code of conduct:


  • An inclusive consultative process in the development of a code of conduct involving stakeholders including, professional associations, labour unions, etc;
  • Evolving focus of a code of conduct from compliance-based to recognising integrity as an essential part of professionalism, supported by training and advice;
  • Implementation is a constant effort supported by a bottom-up approach which involves all staff;
  • Leadership, in particular setting a personal example at the top, is also key for putting a code of conduct into practice;
  • Understanding the role and potential of a code of conduct as part of an integrity framework and within a wider public management context.

 

Contact us:

  

For more information about OECD work on Codes of Conduct please contact gov.integrity@oecd.org.


 

 

 

 

Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Topics list