(Greece) – The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, or the OECD, and the Greek government, recently launched a joint project that is designed to fight corruption. This project is also designed with the full support of the European Commission. The plan, which is termed the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, was developed with “international best practices” in mind. The goal of Action Plan is to implement measures that will encourage the government to promote integrity within its agencies, as well as tackle corruption by raising public awareness. The Action Plan will also tackle fraud in both the public and private sector and raise awareness on the negative impact of fraud and corruption in Greece.
The launch ceremony for the project took places this past Tuesday. In attendance were Deputy President of the Greek Government Yiannis Dragasakis, Alternate Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights Dimitris Papagelopoulos, and Anti-Corruption Secretary General, Giorgos Vassiliadis. Also in attendance was the OECD Chief of Staff and the Head of the OECD-Greece Joint Steering Committee, Gabriela Ramos.
Ramos had some words to say about the joint project during the event: “The fight against corruption is one of the most effective ways to promote more resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It is also essential to restoring public trust in our governments, corporations and national institutions. It is crucial to recovering trust in democracy and market economies, trust in our countries.”
The project is designed to be implemented over a period of 18 months. Some of the things they will accomplish include modernize the process for internal and external audits, improve the government’s system for asset recovery, enhance corruption in the public and private sector for fighting corruption, and strengthen protection for whistleblowers. Fighting corruption has been one of the SYRIZA government’s aims since they were first elected.