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Introduction

Background

Corruption in the public sector undermines the confidence of the public in the government. About 63% of Korean people believe that Korean society is corrupt, according to the corruption perception survey conducted by the ACRC in 2014. It was necessary to address the limitations of the existing anti-corruption laws (the Criminal Act, the Public Service Ethics Act, etc.) and enact a comprehensive law to prohibit improper solicitations and the receipt of graft. The purpose of the Act was to establish a more advanced corruption prevention system by setting codes of conduct and ethics standards of public officials living up to the global standards such as the OECD guidelines.

History of enactment

The ACRC submitted a report titled A Fairer Society Through Spreading the Culture of Integrity and suggested the need for enacting the Act to the Cabinet Council (June 14, 2011).
Went through the legislative procedures (May 7, 2012 to July 30, 2013)
The bill was submitted to the National Assembly (August 5, 2013).
The bill passed the Legislative Sub-Committee of the National Policy Committee (January 8, 2015) and the plenary meeting of the National Policy Committee (January 12, 2015).
The bill passed the hearing of the Legislation and Judiciary Committee (February 23, 2015) and the plenary meeting of the Legislation and Judiciary Committee (March 3, 2015)
The bill passed the plenary meeting of the National Assembly (March 3, 2015)

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Leaflet
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