Sadullah Ergin: Turkey Has A Clear Political Will Against Corruption
STRASBOURG (A.A) – 05.10.2009 – Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said on Monday that there was a clear political will in Turkey against corruption.
Ergin spoke at a high-level conference of the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) in Strasbourg.
Ergin expressed pleasure over the leading role of GRECO against corruption.
He said that transparency of public management, punishment of corruption and an international effective cooperation and training should be assessed as a whole in fight against corruption.
Ergin said similar formulas may not work in every country because the reasons of corruption change from country to country.
“Turkish government thinks transparency in public management is the basis of fight against corruption. Thus, a series of studies have been made in Turkish regulations to make public management more transparent,” he added.
Ergin added that a series of arrangements were made to strengthen legal and institutional infrastructure in fight against corruption in Turkey.
Turkey is sensitively following the recommendations of GRECO, and targets to rapidly complete required activities to fulfill these recommendations, said Ergin.
He added that there was an ongoing cooperation between Turkey and Sigma (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management –a joint initiative of the OECD and the European Union) in parallel with Turkey-EU membership negotiations.
Ergin said that Turkey, with an amendment in Turkish Penal Code on June 26, 2009, met the recommendations of GRECO, FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and OECD Working Group on Bribery. (GC-CE)