Government adopts new by-law of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau
On Tuesday 4 September, the draft regulation “By-law of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau” developed by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (the ‘Bureau’) was approved at the sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The Bureau developed a new by-law to ensue more effective enhancement of the capacity of the investigative and operational activities, the rebuilding of the Bureau’s reputation and more vigorous development of the Bureau as the main anti-corruption institution. A conceptually new internal structure of the institution was created on the basis of the by-law.
The aim of the reorganisation is to establish an internal structure of the Bureau that primarily focuses on the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal offences, the hearing of administrative offences and, at the same time, implements the planned anti-corruption measures. The by-law stipulates that the Head of the Bureau continues to have two deputies, but with a clear distinction between their fields of competence and the allocation of responsibility: the Deputy for Investigative Activities and the Deputy for Operational Activities.
The Bureau is a law enforcement authority, and the Head of the Bureau is primarily responsible for the admissibility and justice of the operational and investigative activities. The new by-law specifies the duties and rights of the Head of the Bureau in the fields of operational activities and criminal proceedings. The by-law also stipulates that the Head of the Bureau determines the direction, type, content, scope and intensity of the Bureau’s main operational activities, controls the progress of criminal proceedings and the implementation of operational activities in the cases stipulated in the law, as well as is responsible for the establishment and operation of the internal system for inspection of administrative decisions.
Until now, the employees of the Bureau had very limited career prospects: there were only two higher positions between the Senior Specialist and the Head of the Bureau – the Head of Division and the Deputy to the Head of the Bureau. In the future, to provide career prospects as a way to motivate the employees more, the Bureau officials will have the opportunity to occupy a post of the Inspector, Senior Inspector, Chief Inspector, Head of Division, Head of the Administration or the Deputy to the Head of the Bureau. The number of posts will not change as the result of the reorganization.
We would like to underscore that the reorganisation is a result of a well-thought-out and determined work based on analysis. Before submitting to the Cabinet of Ministers, the Bureau’s new draft regulation was agreed upon with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance and the State Chancellery.
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau