|SPAI regional conference|
September 17-19, 2001
Croatia's Action Plan under Pillar 5
Representatives of the Government of Croatia and
civil society note that the situation is improving in Croatia with
regard to government-civil society relations. There have been
several concrete results of partnership to date, foremost among
which is the joint drafting of the National Anti-Corruption
Strategy and Action Plan.
The main challenge for the future is the
implementation of actions identified under the National
Anti-Corruption Strategy adopted in February 2001 - in which all
partners will have an important role to play. The Action Plan
identifies key tasks, indicates responsibilities and timing and
represents a framework of reference for anti-corruption activities
undertaken by government and civil society actors (business and
professional associations, NGOs, trade unions, media).
The existence of a National Anti-Corruption Strategy
and Action Plan, taken together with the considerable 'resource'
that existing government-civil society networks represent, provides
good prospects for future implementation. It is here that donor
support under the SPAI Pillar V may play a crucial role, in
providing additional resources to the national reform process that
is supported by a wide anti-corruption coalition.
The Government and civil society representatives
agree to support the following actions:
National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action
- Raise public awareness with regard to the Strategy
(e.g. establish a co-ordination body of government and civil
society actors, run TV and radio information campaigns, print and
distribute the Strategy together with explanatory materials).
- Implement the Strategy.
Conflict of Interest
- Review of the draft law (e.g. expertise and
technical assistance on the draft currently in Parliament).
- Raise awareness among MPs, government officials on
the issue (e.g. prepare explanatory materials and organise a
- Training and education of judges on new Code of
- Court monitoring
- Media information on role of judiciary
Public Administration Reform/Local Government
Access to Information
- Draft a freedom of information law (e.g. expert
input to drafting and identification of key issues for
- Case law on freedom of expression.
- Private sector: implementation of the existing Code
of Ethics for business.
- Public sector: drafting of a new Code of Ethics for
Note: for each of the above actions a strong role
for partnership between government and civil society actors is
For further information - refer to the National
Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan adopted by the Government
of Croatia in February 2001.