On April 30th, 2016, the Turkish Prime Ministry published on the
Official Gazette, the Circular No. 2016/10 on Increasing
Transparency and Strengthening the Fight against Corruption
("Circular"). The Circular succeeds the Strategy on
Increasing of Transparency and the Fight against Corruption, which
was promulgated to be enforced within the years 2010 and 2014. The
new Action Plan annexed to the Circular is promulgated to encompass
the period between 2016 and 2019.
As per the Circular, the Commission for Increasing Transparency
and Strengthening the Fight against Corruption is appointed to
approve the action plans within the scope of the Circular. The
Executive Committee for Increasing Transparency and Strengthening
the Fight against Corruption on the other hand, is responsible for
the execution and coordination of the action plans in an effective
manner. Both the commission and the executive committee will use
the secretariat of the Prime Ministry Inspection Board while
discharging their duties. Further, the Circular appoints a
monitoring group, tasked with preparing a monitoring report in
relation to the action plan.
The action plan is organized under three chapters of
precautions, namely (i) precautions aimed at prevention, (ii)
precautions aimed at enforcement of sanctions and (iii) precautions
aimed at enhancing social awareness.
Under the precautions aimed at prevention, the action plan
mainly prescribes (i) that the studies on political ethics be
completed; (ii) the review of the legislations and the
effectiveness of the enforcement of these legislations regarding
the works which cannot be undertaken by those who leave public
service; (iii) determination of ethics rules for public service
professions by the Public Officials Ethics Council; (iv) increasing
the effectiveness of the ombudsman institution; (v) a single window
system be enforced with regard to customs (which aims to increase
the use of technology in customs); (vi) determination of ethics
rules for members of the judiciary; (vii) strengthening the
accountability mechanisms in municipalities; (viii) improving the
implementation of openness and transparency and enabling the
control of the financing of political parties and election
campaigns; and (ix) review of the Public Procurement Law in light
of the European Union legislations.
Under the precautions aimed at enforcement of sanctions, the
action plan prescribes (i) the review of the permission system
regarding the investigations against public officials and (ii)
preparation of regulations regarding the protection of
whistleblowers within the public sector, private sector and
Under the precautions aimed at social awareness, the action plan
mainly prescribes (i) increasing the influence of the ethical
behavior principles in the Ministry of National Education
curricular and (ii) supporting social actions regarding fighting
against corruption and clean society.
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