GREECE – OECD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT
In March 2013, Greece adopted its first National Strategy against Corruption called: “Transparency - A National Anti-Corruption Action Plan”. In March 2015 the Greek Government established a new Authority, the General Secretariat Against Corruption (GSAC), under the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, in order to enhance the fight against corruption in public and private sector and to strengthen integrity and transparency in the public sector.
In August 2015, GSAC updated and revised the National Anti-Corruption Plan, which was structured in eleven (11) pillars, forty seven (47) objectives and (112) actions. A revised National Anti-Corruption Action Plan was adopted in 2015.
Specifically, for the implementation of the National Strategic Plan against Corruption, the General Secretariat against Corruption, in cooperation with the European Union's Structural Reform Support Services (SRSS), agreed in a comprehensive and multifaceted programme of technical support from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The GREECE-OECD Project, which started in August 2016 and was concluded with great success in June 2018, focused in 10 areas (outcomes) with specific outputs, as follows:
Outcome 1: Modernization of internal and external audit mechanisms
Outcome 2: Advanced tailor made anti-corruption approaches for High Risk policy areas
Outcome 3: Strengthened institutional capacity of the General Secretariat Against Corruption
Outcome 4: Enhancing anti-corruption awareness across relevant stakeholders (public sector, private sector, CSOs) in relation to corruption prevention and public integrity
Outcome 5: Strengthened whistleblower mechanisms in the public and private sector
Outcome 6: Improved processing of corruption complaints received via the existing complaint and reporting channels – proposal to create a Complaints Management System
Outcome 7: Improved integrity safeguards through enhanced Asset Declaration and Political Financing systems
Outcome 8: Integrity mainstreamed in the educational system
Outcome 9: Enhanced Public and Private sector partnerships in combating corruption and improving mutual legal assistance arrangements and improve effectiveness in this area
Outcome 10: Improved asset recovery system
In the conclusion of the project were produced more than fifty (50) written reports after a lot of consultation meetings with all the relevant stakeholders, while thirty (30) workshops and forums took place with large participation from private and public sector.