“ETHICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM” SEMINAR
Lilit Petrosyan, the Commissioner of the Commission on Ethics of High-Ranking Officials of Armenia participated in “Ethics in the Public Governance System” seminar organized by the Estonian Center for Eastern Partnership, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, European Commission and EuroCollege of Tartu University that took place in Estonia and Finland, from October 7-12, 2012 where Ms. Petrosyan delivered a presentation on Ethics system in Armenia. Representatives from Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan also participated in the seminars in both Tallinn and Helsinki.
During the event, the representatives from different institutions made presentations and speeches on ethics, European integrity system, Estonian public service values, problems of corruption in local self-government bodies, the role of non-government and business organizations in promoting transparency and others. Ethics systems and current challenges of ethics in Eastern Partnership states as well as respective international best experience and the possible solutions to the current problems were discussed at the event.
Within the scope of the program, discussions with the Ministry of Finance of Estonia and the representatives of Ministry of Justice of Estonia, as well as meetings with the president of the Center for Training and Development of Public Service at the Estonian Academy of Security Issues, the head of Tallinn prison and with the executive director of Counterpart International of Estonia took place.
The seminar participants also enjoyed “Value Based Leadership in Public Sector” report of Dr. Olli-Pekka Viinamiiki from Vaasa University at the Finnish Government’s Reception House, on the 11th of October. Afterwards, a presentation on Finnish experience of freedom of information was delivered by Pekka Nurm, which was followed by “The Study Instruments of Ethics Values of Civil Service in Finland” report by Timo Moilanei, the special consultant of the Ministry of Finance of Finland. The program was completed with the reception in honor of the seminar participations hosted by the Department of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Finland.