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2010 Annual Conference, Oradea

Annual Conference_Oradea_IFrom 17 to 19 November 2010, the 10th EPAC/EACN Conference took place in Oradea, Romania. More than 80 participants from Council of Europe and EU Member States, as well as the Western Balkans attended.

 Annual Conference_Oradea_IIThe Annual Conference, "European conditions for integrity – new perspectives”, was organized by the three Romanian EPAC member organizations – the Anti-Corruption General Directorate (AGD), the General Directorate for Intelligence and Internal Protection (DGIPI) and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

Annual Conference_Oradea_IIIAfter welcome addresses by the Minister of Administration and Interior, Constantin Igas, and the main host of the conference, Liviu Popa (General Director of AGD), the EPAC/EACN President, Martin Kreutner,Annual Conference_Oradea_IV gave a detailed report of the work undertaken 2009 and 2010 and presented ideas and suggestions for the way forward. Subsequently, the EPAC/EACN Secretariat illustrated its activities so far and highlighted the importance of networking, exchanging information and sharing tasks between the EPAC/EACN organizations.

Thereafter, the three representatives of the EPAC/EACN Working Groups informed the plenary about the groups’ work and results and distributed the documents prepared by the Working Groups to all participants. It was unanimously decided that all Working Groups would continue their work next year and will prepare – due time in advance of the next Conference – final papers for discussion and adoption by the Conference. The EPAC/EACN President opened the first plenary session with his presentation of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), visualizing the Academy’s inter-disciplinary, inter-regional, inter-cultural and inter-sectoral approach in the form of a short film presentation.

In his presentation entitled "EU Anti-Corruption Policy – the way forward”, the representative of the European Commission (EC), Marc-Arno Hartwig, outlined, inter alia, the "Internal Security Strategy in Action” released on 22 November 2010, the Stockholm Programme and the planned EU anti-corruption (AC) report. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of the close collaboration of the Network and the EC. In the second plenary session, the PR and media dilemma as well as the topic "Transparency versus Confidentiality” were discussed by renowned keynote speakers such as Anthony Mills from the International Press Institute, and Alessandro Buttice, former spokesman of OLAF, as well as representatives of the public relation offices of AGD and DNA in Romania.

During the General Assembly section of the Conference, Ms Anca Jurma, DNA, was unanimously elected Deputy Vice-President of the AC strand for a term of two years. The Deputy Vice-President for the PO (police oversight) strand is still vacant. At the end of the conference, the Oradea Declaration - was unanimously adopted by the participants. It can be found in the Declarations section of this website.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Romanian colleagues, especially to the AGD and its General Director, Liviu Popa, for the tremendous organisation of the event and their kind and warm hospitality, which made this Annual Conference such a success.

 

 

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