An Online portal to report corruption cases launched in Tirana

Dec 10, 2014

Participants at the National Forum in Tirana

A National Forum on the fight against corruption was organized in Tirana today bringing together cabinet ministers, international organizations, civil servants, civil society and media.The Government of Albania considers transparency and accountability, the cornerstone of the fight against corruption and it is committed to put its fight within the context of modernizing public services delivery.

The National Forum, organized under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, analyzed commitments and progress made by Albanian Government in the fight against corruption during the past year.Cabinet Ministers presented actions undertaken and introduced the long –term reforms that are being designed which aim to provide qualitative services for citizens by means of a modern and transparent government.
During his speech the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Edi Rama  highlighted: “Modernization of the state is the way to fight corruption”.

Bledi Cuci- the Minister for Local Issues and the National Coordinator on Anti-corruption presented the anti-corruption campaign which aims to increase transparency and citizens' trust in public institutions.

The campaign , which will run as of January 2015 is comprised of  three main pillars: a unique site to report cases of corruption @ www.stopkorrupsionit.al,  a mobile  phone message system  which aims to  improve services in the health and mortgages systems where all  service receiving citizens  will be asked to provide feedback  after taking service at these institutions, as well as an online system of  statistics and tracking cases of corruption in real time from the moment the institutions report cases of corruption at the Prosecutor’s Office until the cases go to the Courts.

Addressing the Forum, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun highlighted:” Putting the fight against corruption in the efforts to modernize delivery of services also puts the citizens at the center. That means women in hospitals, children in schools, entrepreneurs paying taxes, use of public services in an open, transparent manner. That is the biggest part of the fight against corruption.  We look forward to hearing from all the Ministers – impressively convened here- on their progress in all these fields”
 
UNDP is supporting the Government of Albania in a number of initiatives aiming to fight corruption such as participation in the post 2015 sustainable development goals agenda to establish transparent and objective metrics for democratic governance.  UNDP is working with the Government to identify the specific metrics, indicators that will be used by Albania in measuring progress in democratic governance.

UNDP is supporting the Open Government Partnership initiative in Albania as a valuable barometer to gauge the impact of public service delivery modernization on citizens and how they benefit from such services.

UNDP is supporting the Government in its Territorial and Administrative Reform .When finalized the reform is expected to fundamentally change the way the country is run. Together with the necessary parallel reforms, it is also a step towards the fight against corruption.

The National Forum on the fight against corruption was with the support from Delegation of European Union to Albania, OSCE and UNDP.

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