Interdepartmental Working Group on Combating Corruption

The Interdepartmental Working Group on Combating Corruption coordinates the efforts of Swiss federal offices and authorities to combat corruption at different levels. The working group comprises representatives from the Swiss federal administration and the Office of the Attorney General. , Independent experts and representatives of the cantons, cities, business and civil society are also included in the working group’s thematic workshops.

The last twenty years have brought increased international awareness that corruption seriously damages governments, societies and economies and needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. Even Switzerland, despite its highly developed system of safeguards and stable institutions, is not immune to corruption.

To increase the efficacy of cooperation between the various federal government offices and authorities at different levels, the Federal Council tasked the FDFA in 2008 to create an interdepartmental working group on combating corruption (IDWG on Combating Corruption) in response to a recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

The IDWG on Combating Corruption comprises all Federal Administration offices active in the area of combating corruption, as well as the Office of the Attorney General. representatives from the cantons, business, academia and civil society. A core group within the Federal Administration, with representatives from the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Federal Office of Police (fedpol), the Federal Office for Defence Procurement (armasuisse), the Federal Office of Personnel (FOPER), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) and armasuisse as well as the Office of the Attorney General plans the work of the IDGW and issues strategic guidelines. The chair and secretariat of the IDGW and core group are attached to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

The IDWG on Combating Corruption has been tasked by the Federal Council to strengthen the exchange and flow of information between the different federal offices, cantons, citiescommunes, private sector, civil society and academia. This is carried out via workshops on specific themes. ones It also considers it has a responsibility to signal abuses and risks and, where necessary, suggest changes to Switzerland's anti-corruption framework.

The Working Group's plenary meetings serve primarily as a forum in which to share experiences and information, with each meeting focusing on a topical issue. In particular, they are used to provide information about working group also discusses developments in the international anti-corruption conventions and forums (e.g. Council of Europe/GRECO, UN Convention against Corruption, OECD Working Group on Bribery and the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group. The core group coordinates Switzerland's stance on different issues at international level, which is very important since different federal offices are responsible for representing Switzerland in these bodies.

In addition, the IDWG on Combating Corruption keeps the Federal Council informed of developments in the field and its activities on a regular basis. It is also tasked with drawing up a set of strategic and operational anti-corruption goals at federal level which are to be submitted to the Federal Council for approval by the end of March 2020. and makes recommendations on combating corruption when needed.

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