Press release: Budva, Ulcinj, Žabljak and Rožaje still without action plans for fight against corruption

Activity from the Action Plan for Chapter 23 relating to the adoption of the local action plans for fight against corruption has not been implemented fully in accordance with the stipulated period – end of 2013. As of 31 March 2014, four municipalities have not yet adopted a strategic document for the fight against corruption for the period 2013-2014.

Based on the Institute Alternative’s research, Budva, Ulcinj, Žabljak and Rožaje didn’t adopt action plans for fight against corruption within the period foreseen by the AP for Chapter 23, although the preparation and adoption of these plans were almost the only anti-corruption activities in most municipalities during 2013.

Moreover, it is problematic that a comprehensive, objective and analytical approach in defining the measures in the local actions plan for fight against corruption, and identification of specific risks in the municipalities are missing. Preparation of these plans is just one of the obligations of local governments which, as a rule, is implemented in a way that “reproduce” components from the Model Action Plan. Therefore, uniform strategic objectives, measures, actions and indicators are defined in each of 17 municipalities that have been so far adopted plans for fight against corruption.

Achievements and results in the fight against corruption should be an indicator for national and local coordination teams how to improve preparation of this strategic documents with defining specific measures and activities for each municipality, especially within the areas that are particularly vulnerable to corruption, as urban planning, public procurement, etc.

Jovana Marović
Koordinatorka istraživanja

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