Customs, tax workers want specialised anti-corruption training

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 10-12-2019 16:46:00 · 0 Comments

Nuno Barroso, president of the Tax and Customs’ Workers Union Association (APIT), wants the Portuguese government to create specialised training for judges, magistrates and other professionals working in the area of combating corruption.

The president of the APIT said that "comprehensive" training must be created, which, he said, "must include not only the judicial system, but all the entities that revolve around the judicial system".

"Nobody can fight corruption alone. We all want the fight against corruption to be more agile. That is only possible if we all speak the same language," he said.

Nuno Barroso was speaking in Guimarães at a meeting that was part of the commemorations of the International Day against Corruption.

The government has announced several measures for this area, namely the creation of special courts to judge corruption and related crimes, the possibility of the defendants making agreements at trial and improving the law on premier law, among others.

The government also decided at a cabinet meeting last Thursday to set up a Justice Task Force to present its report with concrete proposals by the end of April, i.e. within a period of three months, which Nuno Barroso considers insufficient.

"I do not believe that in three months we will be able to make an assessment of all the previous packages and make new, coherent and effective proposals. I'm not trying to discourage anyone, but we need to be more efficient," said Nuno Barroso.

He pointed out that "every year, every government, especially on the International Anti-Corruption Day, takes the opportunity to launch one or more packages or one or more measures or announcements promising more fruitful action", adding that it would be "important to know the outcome of the packages of the last five or six years".

"Corruption is a scourge for democracy, for the modern world and for a country that wants to be civilised," said Nuno Barroso, who also called for more resources.

One of the government's measures could be to oblige administrative bodies to adhere to codes of conduct, provide some administrative bodies with an internal control department that ensures the transparency and impartiality of procedures and decisions, improve public procurement procedures, increase the transparency of political parties' accounts and oblige companies to have plans to prevent the risk of corruption and related offences.

On this matter, the president of APIT stated that the codes of conduct "have always existed and are nothing new", but can "be adapted and renewed for a global and digital world", emphasising that the focus must be on a "more agile and prepared judicial system".


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