Questions of public integrity are dominating the international headlines at the start of this new academic year.
The arrival of summer has not led to any slackening off on the part of the High Authority, which has been particularly active over the past few weeks, or to any fewer concerns over public integrity at international level. In particular, our July letter illustrates three common principles in the promotion of public integrity.
International developments during the month of June was marked by examples of unethical behaviour. World Whistleblowers Day was held on 23 June 2020 :ensuring that people can report such situations safely and at the earliest possible opportunity strikes as a crucial prerequisite in rooting out integrity violations.
Amid an apparent slowdown in the spread of Covid-19 across certain parts of the world, revelations of public integrity violations in the context of this global health crisis are rising.
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to dominate the headlines, some international organisations have published guidance on preventing corruption amid the health emergency. The health sector is particularly at risk, especially given the urgent need for medical supplies and the simplification of procurement rules.