Civic initiative groups prevent and fight corruption

4. 11. 2015
On 4 November 2015, the Spiralis NGO in conjunction with the United States Embassy in Prague organized the conference, “Civic Initiatives Prevent and Fight Corruption”. The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) presented two papers at the conference. One concerned the way the NFPK awards contributions in support of exposing corrupt practices in public administration, and an input to a discussion panel highlighted one of the cases it has tackled, namely vote selling in elections.

Slovak Compliance Days 2015

2. 11. 2015
This year’s Slovak Compliance Days conference, held on 2-3 November 2015, was attended, like last year, by the Anticorruption Endowment’s Janusz Konieczny. Janusz centred his paper on the methods and requirements pertaining to the laying bare of corporate ownership structures in light of the latest developments, including an amendment to the EU directive against money laundering practices. The conference was held under the auspices of Slovak President Andrej Kiska and was organized by the Slovak Compliance Circle, an association of legal entities whose aim is to improve business ethical standards and support expert compliance in the Slovak Republic.

Public hearings on bullying and the protection of whistleblowers

29. 9. 2015
On 29 September 2015, the Senate organized a public hearing on the topic: “Protection against Bullying, with Anticorruption Endowment’s Janusz Konieczny attending. His input in the debate emphasized the need to change the public attitude to the people who report unfair practices that the public still largely dismisses as “informants”. He stressed that in addition to enacting important new measures to protect whistleblowers, it is also quite important to bolster the enforcement of legal instruments to protect these courageous men and women. The hearing was organized by Senator Libor Michálek, whom the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) cited for courage in 2011 for showing resolve in the case of State Environment Fund, when he faced various types of retaliatory action.

A Challenge for the Czech Republic: Whistleblowing: the way to protect the financial interests of the EU

17. 9. 2015
On 17-18 September, a conference was held under the keynote “A Challenge for the Czech Republic: Whistleblowing – the way to protect the financial interests of the EU”. Organized by the Oživení NGO, it brought together a number of guests from home and abroad, who are involved in the protection of whistleblowers on corruption. Each visitor received a copy of the publication “About Us”, which compares the protection of whistleblowers in the Czech Republic and other countries. The book was inspired and supported by the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK).

Whistleblowing and protection of whistleblowers

8. 12. 2014
The event brought together experts from the executive sector, academic sphere, nonprofit sector and the Council of Europe. The first part of the conference was devoted to discussions on the optimal variants of legislative anchoring of the institute of whistleblowing and protection of whistleblowers in the Czech Republic. Inspiration was driven by the Slovak legislation (effective from 1 January 2015), which provides a fairly high level of protection to whistleblowers. Renowned experts from the Council of Europe carried out an international comparison and presented the conclusions of the Council’s recommendations aimed at the protection of whistleblowers. A panel on the nonprofit sector yielded a wealth of information concerning legal and psychological assistance to whistleblowers. The NGOs operating in the Czech Republic display great differences, concerning especially the financial encouragement of whistleblowers and the media coverage of cases in progress.

Lessons from Anticorruption

21. 11. 2014
The keynote speech was delivered by Moon Hayong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Czech Republic.

Slovak Compliance Days 2014

27. 10. 2014
The conference focused primarily on proposed legislative amendments and social changes with an impact on business ethics in Slovakia and their practical impacts on companies operating on the Slovak market; and capacity for improving business ethics in Slovakia.

Live Library

25. 10. 2014
The Live Library works almost like any other public library. Readers borrow books and read them. But in the Live Library you can ask books about the interesting aspects of their stories, and they will give answers. The books in the Live Library are humans. In this way, books and readers establish an intimate dialogue. Plus, there are no borrowing fees charged.

Active citizenship discussed in Karviná Library

26. 9. 2014
Say activist and most of us visualize a militant environmentalist tied to a factory smokestack of prostrating himself before cars to with the intent to block road traffic. One might also visualize a hayfork-wielding character coaxing people to march on a ministry, or Prague Castle, to vent their dissatisfaction. Therefore the term “activist” (unlike “activity”) has rather negative connotations. Time calls for coining a new term – “Rational Activist”- to describe someone who wants to make his decisions independently, looks for arguments to support his stance, and works to achieve legitimate goals. He should also be bold, courageous but at the same time humble.

Silesian Academy of Democracy

9. 8. 2014
The Silesian Academy of Democracy invites young people to come forth with ideas and make them come true with the support of experienced managers. Specific projects entered in this way might target arts and culture, sport, environmental protection, human rights/multicultural environment, leisure activities and healthy lifestyle, social affairs or any other important sphere of public life.