National Integrity System Assessment in Estonia
06.06.2012, Tallinn. Institutions in Estonia are not taking up their role in the fight agaist corrruption, says study published by Transparency International Estonia.
The study shows that important institutions such as legislature, political parties and also private sector has sufficient resources to tackle corruption,but there is a clear lack of will.
The second shortcoming of Estonia's national integrity system is the lack of certain integrity mechanisms like Code of Conduct of Parliamentarians, lobby regulations and whistleblower protecton. Other measures in place such as declarations of economic interests and hospitality rules are not enforced in satisfactory way.
Third set of problems is connected to the size of the population and the country resulting in favouritism, lack of personal oversight, political influence on public sector.
It is also noted that the capacity of the civil society does not allow for effective supervision of the government and parliament and initiation of anti-corruption reforms.
The National Integrity Study was undertaken as a part of an EU wide project, involving Transparency International representative organizations in 25 members states with financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union, European Commission - Directorate-General Home Affairs.
Executive Summary of the report with recommendations is available here.