On the occasion of Anti-corruption Day – special training for TKA employees on
On the occasion of Anti-corruption Day, the Chief Advisor of the Transport Competence Agency (TKA), Ruslanas Turskis, invited the employees of the institution to “practice” and examine several different situations that may occur in work activities. He invited written responses on how colleagues would behave in such situations or how they would evaluate the described actions of their colleagues.
Later, special trainings were organized – in which TKA employees reviewed the situations and analyzed the received answers. In this way, the procedure for harmonizing public and private interests applied in the institution was repeated, the aspects of the gift policy, the principles of the corruption prevention policy and their application in practice were discussed.
All TKA employees participated in the training.
Institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Transport strive for the highest standards of behavior
In order to achieve the highest standards of conduct and transparent operations, the Ministry of Transport, together with the companies, institutions and companies under its regulation, has prepared a set of anti-corruption documents, which includes a Code of Conduct, a Gift Policy, a Code of Conduct for Business Partners and an Anti-Corruption Policy.
These documents oblige us not to put up with unethical behavior, illegal gifts, nepotism, bribery, conflicts of interest and to strive for extremely honest, transparent, responsible and exemplary activities.
The entire set of documents is published on the Internet website of the Transport Competence Agency (TKA) – in the section “Corruption resistance documents of institutions subordinate to the Ministry of Transport”.
TKA employees apply these documents in their activities to the extent that was not foreseen in the corruption prevention legal acts issued by the institution itself.
TKA increases the transparency of its activities – the corruption prevention policy
was presented 09/11/2020
The updated corruption prevention policy was presented to the employees of the Transport Competence Agency (TKA). It provides guidelines that all TKA employees undertake to adhere to – principles that are followed in work activities, what things are not tolerated in the institution, what special attention is given, what plans are implemented, what other institutions are cooperated in the field of corruption prevention, etc.
The updated corruption prevention policy can be found in the TKA corruption prevention policy .
TKA approved zero gift policy
The Transport Competence Agency (TKA) has approved internal legal acts related to received gifts – the description of the procedure for handling gifts received in accordance with international protocol or traditions and gifts intended for representation, and the description of the procedure for actions upon receipt of illegal remuneration.
They establish a zero gift policy in the institution – that is, employees can only accept those gifts that are provided in accordance with international protocol or traditions or are intended for representation – that is, decorated with the symbols of the company or the state. All gifts are evaluated by the chief advisor and a special commission and, regardless of their value, are registered.
Depending on the value of the gift, it is decided what to do with it next. If the value does not reach 150 euros, the gift can be returned to the original recipient, be exhibited at TKA or used for common needs of employees or donated to charity. If the value of the gift exceeds 150 euros, it becomes the property of the state and can be exhibited at TKA or used for common employee needs.
In the adaptation of TKA newcomers – attention to corruption prevention
When new people join the Transport Competence Agency (TKA) team, the institution conducts a newcomer adaptation program, where newcomers are introduced to the institution’s main activities so that they can get involved in work faster.
The program pays special attention to TKA’s transparency policy and corruption prevention. Ruslanas Turskis, the chief advisor of TKA responsible for these activities, introduces newcomers to how to properly avoid potential conflicts of interest and how to legally perform assigned duties in a conflict of interest situation. This is especially relevant for those employees who, before coming to TKA, worked in the field of aviation and have a lot of acquaintances in it.
The intricacies of the Law on the Coordination of Public and Private Interests and the need to submit a declaration of private interests and the procedure for filling it out are also discussed with newcomers.
TKA employees learned conflict of interest management
Employees of the Transport Competence Agency (TKA), who are required to declare private interests, attended the first distance training “Combining public and private interests”. They were led by TKA chief advisor Ruslanas Turskis.
In the theoretical part of the training, the concepts of private and public interests and the conflict of interests were introduced, and the main legal acts regulating the area of interest coordination were introduced. The obligation to complete and, if necessary, update declarations of private interests was discussed.
In the practical part of the training, specific situations that may arise in the organization were examined, and how to deal with them was discussed. Cases were also examined when employees need to refrain from making certain decisions, as well as situations when it is possible to work even in the presence of a possible conflict of interest.
This training is the first part of the training for TKA employees provided for in the corruption prevention measures plan.