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Coordinating National Anti-Corruption Initiatives

The ACRC formulates national anti-corruption policies to be implemented at every level of the government. And, it discusses and coordinates government-wide measures designed to prevent corruption in the long term.

Anti-Corruption policy guidelines

The ACRC establishes and promotes anti-corruption policy guidelines early every year. The objective of the guidelines is to encourage public institutions to voluntarily work hard for anti-corruption by providing necessary information for the implementation of integrity initiatives and to ensure that government-wide anti-corruption activities are smoothly implemented by sharing the government’s anti-corruption policy direction.

2020 Policy Guidelines

The ACRC will push forward with anti-corruption/integrity policies, based on the four strategies of ‘strengthening anti-corruption foundation’, supporting innovative corruption prevention, ‘ spreading integrity culture.’

On March 2, through video-conference, the ACRC convened the 2020 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Policy Guideline Meeting and informed audit and inspection officers from 42 central governments of anti-corruption/integrity policy tasks.

Korea rose 6 notches compared to the previous year in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019 global ranking and its score increased by 2 points to hit an all-time high of 59 points in just a single year. In the integrity assessment for 2019 conducted by the ACRC, Korean public agencies scored 8.19 points, up 0.07 points from 8.12 points of last year. Under these circumstances, the ACRC has drawn up ‘the 2020 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Policy Implementation Directive’ which includes systematic anti-corruption strategies and specific measures aimed at addressing the root of the corruption problems.

The key points of the guidelines are as follows:

【Strengthen Anti-Corruption Foundation】

The ACRC will expand the operation of the Anti-Corruption Consultative Council, strengthen regulatory powers of the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, and remove irregularities and unfairness in every day life. Through inspections on hiring irregularities in public institutions, the ACRC will stringently punish those detected to engage in hiring irregularities and take relief measures on victims. To end such irregularities once and for all, follow-up measures will be taken as well. Moreover, through the enforcement of Public Funds Recovery Act, the ACRC will ensure that government fund will no longer be seen as easy money.

【Support Innovative Corruption-Prevention】

The ACRC will remove unfairness and improper preferential treatment inherent in laws and regulations, monitor the implementaion of ACRC’s recommendations, and take effective follow-management by actively promoting the effects of institutional improvement. In addition, in order to prevent the corruption occurring where the public sector and the private sector are overlapped with each other, the ACRC will improve the laws and internal rules that significantly affect people’s daily lives. In addition, the ACRC will start the operation of the National Integrity Information System, which enables each organization to handle anti-corruption tasks online and to share and spread best anti-corruption policies.

【Spread Integrity Culture Relating to Everyone】

The ACRC will actively respond to corruption issues of citizens’ great interest presented through the Public-Private Council for Transparent Society. To create an environment where reporters can make a report without any fear, the ACRC will expand supports for and scope of public interest reporters. And, with an aim to spread an integrity culture, the ACRC will host an Integrity Contents Contest which is open to both citizens and public officials.