Young people have a fundamental role to play in bringing a
new culture of integrity to all levels of the society, but they
are also vulnerable. It is therefore important to devise appropriate
empowerment strategies to raise their awareness and understanding
about corruption and to build their capacity to stand up against
it, ensuring their proper inclusion as stakeholders in any policy
development and implementation of anti-corruption strategies.
To this end, national authorities are called upon, inter alia, to: support youth organisations’
initiatives against corruption and set up youth integrity networks;
strengthen anti-corruption education and the fight against corruption
in education, in co-operation with the Council of Europe ETINED
and its network; seek youth involvement in the drafting of ethical
charts and codes of conduct for school and university staff and
students and enhance the protection of whistle-blowers. National
authorities could also introduce an anti-corruption training and
certification system for people engaged in public service.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe should consider
the establishment of a Platform for Integrity under the auspices
of the Council of Europe, involving the Joint Council on Youth as
appropriate. The report also encourages the inclusion of anti-corruption
and integrity issues in the programmes of the Council of Europe
Schools of Political Studies and in the projects supported by the
European Youth Foundation.