The Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals, Abderrachid Tebbi, affirmed, Thursday in Algiers, that the draft law regulating the supreme authority for transparency, prevention and combating corruption aims to make this body “more effective and efficient, consecrating the principle of transparency and integrity as rules of ethics for public life and creating an enabling environment for the conduct of business.”
During the presentation of the draft legal text before the Legal and Administrative Affairs and Freedoms Committee of the National People’s Assembly, the minister explained that this project falls within the framework of adapting the legal system to prevent and combat corruption with the provisions of the Constitution, which created in Article 204 a new preventive institution charged with transparency, prevention and control of corruption that replaces the current National Authority.
This legal project takes into account – the minister adds – “the field experience gained in the field of preventing and combating corruption over the 15 years of implementing Law No. 06-01 related to the prevention and control of corruption,” noting that this project “derives its reference from the presidential program which considers the morality of public life and the fight against corruption among the priorities.”
The minister pointed out that this project also proposes “a qualitative institutional reform in the field of preventing and combating corruption to make its mechanisms more effective and efficient,” noting that these measures would “facilitate the task of the competent authorities in limiting the direct recourse to the penal solution, which experience has proven limited in its results and has a negative impact on the business climate and the entrepreneurial spirit of the thinkers.”
It also suggests “providing the higher authorities with all the means and capabilities that would enable them to play their full role, whether in terms of structures, material and human means, or in terms of the powers conferred upon them.”
The draft law, which contains 40 articles, contains several principles, including “non-interference showing the powers of the supreme authority and other authorities charged with preventing and combating corruption, in particular the judiciary and the Accountability Council, in addition to clarifying the powers of the supreme authority, especially in the field of establishing principles of transparency and integrity in the conduct of public affairs.”
The draft stipulates that “the higher authority may be notified by a natural or legal person of information, data or evidence related to acts of corruption, and for acceptance of the complaint or notification, it is required that it be written and signed and contain elements related to the acts of corruption and sufficient elements to determine the identity of the whistleblower.”
The draft also states that the Supreme Authority “prepares an annual report on its activities, which it submits to the President of the Republic and informs public opinion of its content, in order to promote a culture of transparency.”