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International workshop on prevention of corruption, conflict of interests, whistleblower protection

International workshop on prevention of corruption, conflict of interests, whistleblower protection

Skopje, 13 November 2017 (MIA) - International workshop on prevention of corruption, conflict of interests and whistleblower protection is held November 13-14 in Skopje, organized by the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) and the European Commission's Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) instrument, in partnership with Italy's National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC).

SCPC president Igor Tanturovski said efforts in the section of corruption prevention are continual.

"Our commitment and our share in the section of corruption prevention is mostly fulfilled. Fight against corruption never stops, this is a modern evil that appears both in the higher and lower levels. We aim at bringing the corruption to the lowest possible degree", said Tanturovski.

"Transparency International Macedonia" president Slagjana Taseva said it is still early to say if there are improvements in the fight against corruption, referring to the Priebe report that noted the necessity for a special report and planning of special measures over the issue.

"We have a serious problem in corruption, especially in fighting against it, coordination and procedures of institutions charged with fighting corruption, and the syndrome of captured state that stifles efficiency in the fight against corruption", said Taseva.

ANAC representative Luca Trifone highlighted the importance of cooperation between Italy and EU members with countries of the Western Balkans, towards exchanging experiences in the fight against corruption, expectations and needs in the field.

"Recommendations for countries have to be tailored according to their needs, because each country needs different solutions. ANAC is prepared to cooperate with Macedonian authorities in the fight against corruption. No country is immune to corruption because this is immanent for the human being. Unlike other countries, we have become more aware of the problem, using mechanisms that prevent people from corrupting and being corrupted", added Trifone.

Today's conference represents a continuation of the event held within the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste this July. The conclusions from Skopje will be an integral part of the Berlin Process initiative for European integration of Western Balkans states. ik/13:49

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