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Audit Chamber develops mechanism to evaluate anti-corruption programmes

May 31, 2012, 5:49 UTC+3

Encouraging society to join in the fight against corruption is one of the main tasks

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MOSCOW, May 31 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Audit Chamber has worked out a mechanism for evaluating the effectiveness of departmental anti-corruption programmes.

“The mechanism for evaluating anti-corruption programmes has been created and is being tested now,” Audit Chamber Chairman Sergei Stepashin said at the Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum on Wednesday, May 30.

According to Stepashin, the mechanism covers three areas: regulatory and legal, institutional and economic effectiveness. When evaluating a programme, experts take into account not only “gross indicators” such as the number of criminal cases but primarily qualitative indicators such as public assessment of the level of corruption in the country, the degree of transparency of the governmental and municipal authorities.

Stepashin stressed that public control is one of the key elements in the fight against corruption. “The system of public control in our country is in its formative period. On the whole our people are not sure of their right to control government officials and influence them,” he said.

“The state needs public support” ad assistance “in curbing financial appetites” of government officials, he added.

“Encouraging society to join in the fight against corruption is one of the main tasks,” he said.


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