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The Pan-European General Principles on the Status of Public Officials and Civil Servants

1. Resolution 97(24) of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the twenty guiding principles for the fight against corruption

2. Recommendation CM/Rec(2000)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the status of public officials in Euro

3. Recommendation Rec(2000)10 of the Committee of Ministers on codes of conduct for public officials

  • The model code is both a public document and a message addressed to each public official. It has three objectives:
    • to specify the standards of integrity and conduct
    • to be observed by public officials
    • to help them meet those standards and to inform the public of the conduct it is entitled to expect of public officials

4. Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1617 (2003) on Civil Service Reform in Europe

5. Handbook on public ethics at local level prepared by the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) - adopted in 2005
  • Short version
  • Model initiatives relating to the status of local public servants
  • Local officials should avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, declare all personal interests that may affect to ability to manage local affairs impartially, inform or obtain permission from their superiors in some cases to ensure that their provate actions are compatible with their public duties, and comply with final decisions ordering them to withdraw from a particular situation or renounce an advantage possibly gained through a conflict on interest
  • Local public servants should be guaranteed good employment conditions and access to appropriate remedies for illegal measures taken against them. Local authorities should provide appropriate working conditions and resources for public servants, including by establishing clear codes of conduct and lists of responsibilities. While fostering accountability and proper supervision within the municipal administration, local authorities should also protect public servants’ rights, including maintaining confidentiality of sensitive personal information, when appropriate. In turn, local public servants should honestly and impartially discharge their duties, working within the appropriate hierarchy and acting according to the law and the best interest of the municipality.
  • In the event of a breach of public ethics, the law should provide for compensation to victims that are unduly damaged by the breach. Local public servants should not be held liable if they exercised due diligence in that matter in question and public officials are entitled to adversarial hearings before being sanctioned.