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Presenting the results of the Study on the Effectiveness of the Corruption Proofing Mechanism

On February 4, 2008 at the Annual Conference “Cooperation between the Parliament and the Civil Society” and subsequently, on February 8, 2008 at the Meeting of the Investigation Journalists’ Club dedicated to the „Achievements and perspectives of the Corruption Proofing Methodology” the CAPC experts presented the findings of the Study on the Effectiveness of the Corruption Proofing Mechanism, carried out on the basis of the expert reports written in the period of October 2006 – October 2007.

The CAPC experts formulated objections about 2256 elements found in the 202 drafts subjected to expertise. Upon writing of this study 117 of 202 draft laws put under expertise were passed by the Parliament and published in the Official Gazette. The CAPC found that Of 1064 objections formulated to the 117 drafts that were passed upon writing of the Study, 562 were accepted, representing an output of 52,8% of the corruption proofing reports presented by the CAPC experts. Of the 202 drafts put under expertise, eight, regarding which the CAPC experts had expressed severe critics, were withdrawn from the Parliament.

According to the Study, promotion of interests/benefits through draft legislative acts was found in 43,1% of the case, while in 20,8% of all the drafts put under expertise were assessed as generating damages, contrary to the public interest. A clear tendency was remarked in initiating draft laws promoting/damaging interests/benefits by parliamentary deputies (65%), tendency which is almost double in manifestation if compared to the draft laws initiated by the Government (35%).

The CAPC experts also found that of the total 202 draft legislative acts put under expertise, only 105 were published on the web-site of the Parliament together with the informative note. At the same time, 80% of the informative notes accompanying the draft laws were formal and general, many of them limited to justification like „enforcing an order of the Government etc...” Of 105 drafts put under expertise which were accompanied by informative notes, economic-financial justification existed only in 6 cases (5,7%).