Parliamentary integrity: Promoting a culture of good governance

The final report of the Seminar on “Parliamentary Integrity: Promoting Transparency and Accountability Measures for Members of Parliament” organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and hosted by the Italian Parliament on 26-27 October 2017, has been published.

The report drafted by Quentin Reed, expert on the prevention of corruption, presents the main outputs of the discussions and identifies the most important lessons to promote a culture of good governance. The report pinpoints in particular that internal control mechanisms and procedures within political parties can play a role in preventing the emergence of situations of conflict of interest (and corruption). The recommendation to create a network of European anti-corruption authorities was among the key highlights of the two-day event.

The seminar aiming to implement the Assembly’s part in the Council of Europe Action Plans for Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-2017 – brought together parliamentarians with local and international experts to discuss measures to regulate conflicts of interest of parliamentarians (including obligations to declare assets and interest), and the regulation of parliamentary immunities in both countries. In addition, however, regulation was also presented in detail by representatives of France, Italy and Ukraine, providing a comparative perspective.

Members of the delegations of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina also participated in the high level event organised by the Italian delegation in the event of the adoption by the PACE of Resolution 2170 (2017) “Promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption”, based on a report by Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC)Chairperson of the Italian delegation to PACE.