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Integrity and Anti-corruption commission

Establishment of the Commission 

The Jordanian Hashemite leadership has paid a great attention to the issue of combating corruption. The security services have been over years responsible for dealing with this issue, as part of their basic tasks, but during the last few years, there has been a need for an independent competent institution to be fully mandated for dealing with anti-corruption missions, in line with the international trends. For this purpose, the Anti-Corruption Commission was established under the Law No. 62 of 2006 in compliance with the Royal Order, where it has started its work on March 19, 2007. In 2008, the Ombudsman Bureau was established under the Law No. (11) of 2008, to carry out the mission of ensuring the soundness of decisions, procedures and practices, of the public administration, and the Bureau has started receiving grievances and complaints on 1 February 2009.

Within the framework of complementing the comprehensive reform process, and in light of the Hashemite leadership’s certainty that combating corruption and reinforcing the principles of integrity, transparency, justice and equality, constitute the basic principles of good governance, which are rooted in the religious and ethical values of the Jordanian society; and with the aim to coordinate and achieve these national goals, without facing any conflict or duplication of efforts, His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued his order in late 2012, to establish a committee for strengthening the National Code of Integrity, and carrying out the mission of formulating a National Integrity Charter, and preparing an implementation plan with a specified timetable. In late 2013, the committee has published the National Integrity Charter and the related Executive Plan.

In February 2014, His Majesty the King has ordered the establishment of the Royal Committee, to follow up on the implementation plan of the National Charter. One of the tasks of this committee was to study the role of the national monitoring institutions in this area and the possibility for integrating their efforts, to enable them to play a more effective and influential role. The Royal Committee was inspired by the views and aspirations of the Hashemite leadership, and have resulted in the approval of the establishment of a new national oversight institution called the “Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission” to replace both the Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Ombudsman Bureau under the law No. (13) of 2016. The new Commission has started its work on 16/6/2016.

Objectives of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission:

The main role of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission is to combat corruption in all its forms and levels, through; the establishment and application of national integrity standards in state institutions; the development of a national environment that rejects corruption; the construction of a protective wall that prevents corruption before it occurs; the application of law enforcement if prevention efforts have failed to prevent cases of corruption; rectifying the performance of the public administration through addressing complaints of public employees and clients, related to its decisions, procedures, practices.

The Commission aims to ensure compliance with the principles of national integrity and combating corruption through:
  • Developing codes of behavioral values in public administration and ensuring their integration.
  • Ensuring that the public administration provides high quality services to the citizen, in a transparent and fairness manner.
  • Ensuring that the public administration complies with the principles of good governance, standards of equality, merit, and equal opportunities.
  • Ensuring that the public administration is committed to transparency in policy development and decision-making, and reinforcing the citizens' right to access information in accordance with legislation.
  • Ensuring that the public administration applies legislation in a transparent manner, and that it achieves the principles of justice, equality and equal opportunities.
  • Ensuring that there is a legal framework that regulates accountability of officials and decision makers in public administration.
  • Receiving complaints and grievances of affected persons in accordance with the provisions of the law.
  • Cooperating in the efforts for providing mutual international legal assistance in areas of fighting against corruption, provided that this legal assistance is provided through official channels.
  • Investigating financial and administrative corruption in all its forms, uncover violations, gather related evidence and information, conduct investigations and applying the necessary administrative and legal procedures.
  • prosecuting anyone who commits any of the acts of corruption, seize his movable and immovable property, and prevent him from traveling by an urgent decision from the competent judicial authority, and suspend his work, salary, allowances and any other benefits.
  • Combating character assassination.
  • Ensuring that private sector oversight institutions and civil society institutions develop good governance standards, and ensure their sound implementation.
  • Receiving and addressing cases of grievances that occur in the public administration, both in terms of providing service to citizens on the basis of justice and equality, or in cases of grievances committed against public administration employees.
Believing that corruption is a result, rather than a cause, the legislator has paid much attention to reinforcing principles of integrity, transparency, equality, equal opportunities, and the rule of law, which, if achieved at a high level, will necessarily lead to creation of a society which is free of/ or with minimum level of corruption

In general, the ultimate goal of the Commission is to protect the national interests in the following aspects:
  • Preventing any encroachment on public funds or illicit profits that threaten treasury revenues, and undermines the role of the state in providing the basic services to the citizens and reducing level of justice in the distribution of development gains.
  • Contributing to achieving public security to the utmost degree.
  • Enhancing citizen confidence in the state and its institutions.
  • Consolidating the spirit of citizenship and belonging.
  • Contributing to sustainable development by enhancing investor confidence in the integrity of state institutions, and ensure that the Commission is a secured haven for those who feel injustice and extortion.
  • Promoting country's reputation at the external level, and show the bright image of Jordan and the integrity of its citizens.
  • Creating a safe and functional environment, conducive to excellence, creativity and sincerity.
  • Confirming citizen's right to legal immunity from any potential harm that may result from decisions, actions, and practices of public administration.

Secretary General of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission - Yahiya Salamoneh.

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