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Five embassies launch anti-corruption campaign in ČR

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Prague, Jan 23 (CTK) – The embassies of Britain, Canada, Norway, South Korea and the United States in the Czech Republic have just launched a six-week anti-corruption campaign aimed to share experience in fighting corruption in various spheres.
The embassies will issue information on one topic through social networks each of the next six weeks. They will focus on the civil service law, state attorneys and public procurement among others.
The financing of political parties will be highlighted in the first week.
The campaign is part of the five countries’ joint long-time effort to enhance transparency and responsibility, a joint press release issued by the U.S. embassy said.
The five ambassadors, under whose aegis the project is taking place, explained their motivation to support the campaign in a joint video called Why Do We Care About Corruption?
U.S. ambassador Andrew Schapiro says in it corruption is an important theme for the embassy because the it wants to promote trade relations between the Czech Republic and the United States, and this requires an open and free business environment.
Norwegian ambassador Siri Ellen Sletner pointed to the important role that active citizens and free media play in fighting fraud.
The corruption-linked risks are also underlined by Canadian ambassador Otto Jelinek, British ambassador Jan Thompson and South Korean ambassador Moon Hayong.
The five ambassadors supported the anti-corruption fight in the Czech Republic in December 2014 already. They called on the government to boost the fulfilling of the anti-corruption commitments embedded in government coalition agreement and in the Open Government Partnership that the Czech Republic joined in 2011.

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