On 9 December, the International Anti-Corruption, Lithuanian law enforcement authorities and the youth organization Lijot will jointly conduct an awareness raising campaign to promote zero tolerance towards corruption. The campaign will distribute postcards in the entire country to remind people that envelopes should be used to send holiday wishes rather than give bribes. The law enforcement authorities conducting the campaign include the Special Investigation Service (STT), Police Department, Customs Department, Financial Crime Investigation Service, State Board Guard Service and the Prisons Department.
Ten thousand postcards showing an envelope with the anti-corruption message and holiday wish will be distributed by the law enforcement authorities in the whole country by the New year.
“It is the first campaign when the anti-corruption message will be sent jointly by the law enforcement authorities and the youth. We believe that message about zero tolerance towards corruption will be widely spread in the country. Together we can achieve more and make Lithuania among the most transparent countries of Europe,” says STT director Saulius Urbanavičius.
“According to the recent survey finding, almost the absolute majority of young people (below 23 years of age) thinks that giving a bribe is a crime. For young people, it is unacceptable to give bribes to doctors, police or university professors. They say that they would not know how to give an envelope and they would not understand hints asking to give someone a bribe. This awareness among the youth is encouraging and shows that the new generation has a different attitude towards bribes,” says Mantas Zakarka, president of the youth organization LiJOT).
According to the Government representatives, there is much attention paid to raising anti-corruption awareness among the state authorities. They highlight the determination and consistent anti-corruption work of law enforcement authorities accountable to the Government. This shows zero tolerance towards corruption inside the authorities and understanding that we can and we must ensure integrity in public bodies.
Lithuanian Map of Corruption to be drawn again
On 21 November 2016, an EU-funded project “Conducting the survey “Lithuanian Map of Corruption”, Development and Implementation of the System of Anti-Corruption Public Campaign“, 10.1.2-ESFA-V-916-01-0002, was launched. The aim of the project is to identify the sectors most prone to corruption and take action in them, reduce the preconditions of corruption, raise anti-corruption awareness and encourage whistle-blowing.
The project will fund two social surveys: Lithuanian Map of Corruption 2016 and Lithuanian Map of Corruption 2019. On the basis of the findings obtained, the strategy for conducting an anti-corruption awareness raising campaign will be developed. The aim of the strategy is to contribute to the reduction and spread of corruption.
The project is financed by the European Social Fund under the Operational Programme for the European Union Funds’ Investments in 2014–2020.