EUPOL COPPS nominated as technical adviser to new integrity working group

The Palestinian Prime Minister’s Office, in cooperation with the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), launched a new Integrity, Transparency and Anti-Corruption Working Group on 14 October 2020. This new platform is a significant step towards improving the anti-corruption framework in Palestine and will bring together Palestinian officials and experts as well as international donors to discuss and propose measures to strengthen integrity, transparency and the fight against corruption in Palestinian public institutions and society.

The group will be chaired by the PACC, with the World Bank acting as the co-chair. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and EUPOL COPPS will act as technical advisers.

“There is an appetite in Palestinian society for more measures to tackle corruption, and it is very positive that the Palestinian Authority has responded to this by setting up a formal working group to address the issue,” says Clemens Mueller, Deputy Head of the Rule of Law Section at EUPOL COPPS. “EUPOL COPPS is already working with the PACC in a number of areas, and we are happy to expand that cooperation within the framework of this new working group”.

One of the areas that EUPOL COPPS is working on with the PACC is the system of declarations that public officials in sensitive positions need to fill in, stating their wealth and commercial interests. On 9 September 2020, the Mission submitted a report to the PACC with recommendations on concrete steps that could be taken to strengthen this asset declaration system.