The Anti-Corruption Agency Opinion on the Draft Law on Police – Risks of Corruption to Be Diminished

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The Anti-Corruption Agency Opinion on the Draft Law on Police – Risks of Corruption to Be Diminished

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logo_acas_engJanuary 19, 2016

On January 18, 2016, the Anti-Corruption Agency forwarded, to the Government and the National Assembly, opinion on the risk assessment in the provisions of the Draft Law on Police. The Draft Law contains certain novelties that can be of importance for prevention of corruption. More accurately, the Draft Law envisages introduction of integrity tests, analysis of corruption risks and control of assets changes, that would be conducted by the Internal Affairs Sector.

Furthermore, although introduction of the analysis of corruption risk, control of assets cards and integrity tests can be of importance, it is necessary, to regulate these issues more precisely by the Draft Law, for their adequate implementation, instead of giving it to the Minister. More precisely, with regard to assets control cards and changes in property status of police officers, it is necessary to regulate in exact terms, by legal provisions, following issues: persons that are obliged to submit reports about their property and property of their immediate family members; content of these reports; in what situations and within what deadline the irregular property report is conducted, adoption of the annual plan of assets control. On the other hand, with regard to the integrity tests, it is necessary to precisely regulate by legal provisions, issues of purpose, basis, rights and obligations, procedures, legal consequences and supervision of their implementation, also including protection mechanisms that would represent guarantee that these tests would not be subjected to abuse of powers.