Participants in the event together with IRZ experts Dr. Helmut Brocke and Jürgen Maurer (photo: Med Ali Mansali / INLUCC)
Participants in the event together with IRZ experts Dr. Helmut Brocke and Jürgen Maurer (photo: Med Ali Mansali / INLUCC)

On 22 and 23 October 2019, the IRZ, together with the Tunisian National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), organised a two-day exchange of experiences on “Combating Corruption – Mechanisms and Prevention”. This event took place within the framework of the institutional funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV).

Whilst Tunisia has already ratified all the relevant international and regional conventions on combating and preventing corruption, this subject continues to be relevant and it affects many areas of society, including politics, public administration, justice, health care and civil society. The exchange of experiences was therefore directed at various professional groups:

  • People working for INLUCC and various ministries,
  • representatives of civil society
  • trade union representatives,
  • scientists and
  • journalists.

The event was opened and moderated by Naima Boulila, Vice-President of INLUCC, and Mahbouba Boulaabi, legal adviser at INLUCC. The IRZ experts taking part in the event were Dr. Helmut Brocke, a lawyer and former Senior District Manager, and Jürgen Maurer, former Vice-President of the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Criminal Police Office).

On the first day of the event, the focus was on the issue of fighting corruption and the second day was devoted to preventing corruption. The following topics were discussed, with a view to the situation in Tunisia and Germany:

  • Combating corruption: the legal and institutional framework, shortcomings and implementation problems
  • Preventing corruption: the cornerstones of corruption prevention, legal framework, shortcomings and implementation problems
  • Parties involved in the fight against corruption: the role of civil society
The event led to many discussions and animated exchanges. The diversity of the participants meant that various points of view were put forward and discussed. The Tunisian participants seemed very interested and asked a lot of detailed questions. The German experts also learned more about the structures in Tunisia, leading to intense and wide-ranging exchanges of experiences throughout both days of the event. The event marked the start of a continuing cooperation with INLUCC.