Upon the approval of the Lithuanian Parliament, the updated National Anti-Corruption Programme was launched. The Programme provides for more than 90 preventive measures to be implemented in 2011–2014. Officers of the Special Investigation Service (STT) note that the updated Programme includes measures that are oriented towards tangible and measurable results and specifies more clear-cut criteria for achieving them.
For example, to increase transparency and control of public procurement and improve the business environment, no less than 80 percent of public procurement will achieve electronic publication. Additionally, a mechanism will be developed to ensure that prices of goods and services purchased by state institutions by way of public procurement procedure correspond to the prices of similar goods and services purchased by private enterprises.
”In order to achieve transparency in lawmaking, all the draft legal acts will be made public so that the society is able to see who developed and initiated them,” says Ass. Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda, from the STT Corruption Prevention Department. In his view, it is equally important that trial of unjustifiably delayed cases will speed up, distribution of cases among judges will be fully computerized and it will be allowed to submit the required documents on-line during the trial. Court judgments will also achieve on-line publication. This will increase the transparency of and public trust in the judicial system.
The Programme seeks to reduce the extent of supervision and regulation of business – it foresees to decrease the check of low risk by business supervising authorities, simplify the issuance of permissions (licenses) and eliminate the duplication of functions performed by supervisory bodies by no less than 25 percent. Hence, the length of territory planning procedures will be diminished by no less than 50 percent (they took about 12 months in 2010) and the amount of required documents will be reduced.
The Programme also gives a strong focus on healthcare, public service, anti-corruption education and liability for offences.
”It is noteworthy to mention that not only individual ministries or Government but also the Parliament will be responsible for the implementation of certain measures. Previous versions of national anti-corruption programmes did not include such provisions. We do hope that co-operation between the Parliament and the executive in drafting, adopting and enforcing legal acts will contribute to a more effective implementation of the Programme,” says Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda.
STT reminds that the implementation of the Programme is organized by the Government in co-operation with STT. The implementation of the Programme is co-coordinated and the implementation of the Action Plan of the Programme is controlled by the Inter-departamental Commission in co-operation with STT. The responsibility for the implementation of the Programme lies with the state and local authorities.