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International cooperation

The CBA cooperates with many international organisations and law enforcement agencies in other countries. The cooperation aims to exchange best practices, extend the knowledge on corruption, solutions and instruments applied abroad as well as to exchange information on current operational and investigative activities conducted by foreign services. In order to carry out the tasks of the Bureau, the Head of the CBA may cooperate with competent authorities and services of other countries and with international organisations. Pursuant to the Act on the CBA, such cooperation is feasible exclusively after obtaining the consent of the Prime Minister.

So far, the Bureau has obtained the consent to cooperate with 51 countries and 12 international organisations.

The Bureau established cooperation with, among others, The World Bank, which resulted in a joint publication titled: Fraud and Corruption Awareness Hand- book. A handbook for Civil Servants Involved in Public Procurement.

The CBA participated in 3 EU-funded projects under the Programme Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC). In 2015, two of them were completed – project entitled: Rising of the Anticorruption Training System in cooperation with the Lithuanian Special Investigation Service (STT) and Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combatting Bureau (KNAB), as well as project entitled: International cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the field of preventing and combating economic and corruption crimes as a component of security in the European Union in cooperation with Regional Police Headquarters in Lublin. Moreover, in 2016 the project entitled: SIENA for Anticorruption Authorities (S4ACA) was finalized. It was jointly conducted with the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) and EUROPOL.

The Bureau is constantly monitoring the possibilities of financing projects from various institutions, including the EU, to further develop anti-corruption activities.

The CBA for years has maintained and strengthened its cooperation in the region, both with the Baltic States and within the countries of the so-called Eastern Partnership. The cooperation is carried out in the following areas: operational, investigative, control and analytical and covers, among others, study visits to government offices of foreign partners and the CBA, as well as exchanges of officers.

The Bureau was involved in – organized by the Lech Kaczyński National School of Public Administration, within the framework of the Academy of Public Administration of the Eastern Partnership – cyclical training for officers and officials from Ukraine. Contacts with the Balkan countries are also being developed. The Steering Committee of the Regional Anticorruption Initiative (RAI) granted the CBA the status of observer. This allows the Bureau to participate in a variety of anti-corruption initiatives, such as: international projects, training courses, seminars and educational activities, including academic activity. In July 2017, the CBA together with the Police Training Center in Legionowo organized a summer anti-corruption school for practitioners from RAI countries. In terms of exchange of good practices and training courses, the experts of the Bureau also cooperate with the European Union Law Enforcement Training Agency (CEPOL). All these initiatives contribute to raising anti-corruption awareness in the regions of the EU, South and Central as well as Eastern Europe.

The CBA signed, among others, bilateral cooperation agreement with the specialized services of the three countries:        

  • National Anticorruption Center (NAC) from Moldova,        
  • Special Investigation Service (STT) from Lithuania,        
  • National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).

The CBA’s experts, together with the representatives of the Federal Administrative Court in Cologne, participated in the twinning project for Macedonia – Support to Efficient Prevention of and Fight against Corruption – which is preparing the country to join the EU. The project ended in the autumn of 2016, and the final report highlighted the important role of the Bureau in the success of this initiative.

CBA officers also participated in twinning projects for:

  • Moldova – Support to the Government of Moldova in the Field of Anticorruption, which main objective was to support the Moldovan government in its efforts in the fight against corruption and
  • Montenegro – Support to the Implementation of the Anticorruption Strategy and Action Plan, which overall objective was to reduce the level of corruption and conflicts of interest in Montenegro.

In 2016, the CBA also supported the activities of the Supreme Audit Office within a twinning project for the State Audit Office of Albania.

 

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