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International Anti-Corruption Summer School – IACSS 2008 – Practice Meets Science

By bringing together anti-corruption practitioners from 30 countries, the summer school boosted cross-border cooperation and forged new contacts.

Project dates 16/12/2009 - 15/04/2010
Total budget€100 342
EU contribution70%
Project CoordinatorFederal Bureau for Internal Affairs (Austria)
Project Partners
  • Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (Latvia)
  • Special Investigation Service (Lithuania)
  • Commission for Preventing Corruption (Slovenia)
  • High Commissioner for the Prevention of and Fight against Corruption (Italy)

Project Description

The 10-day summer school offered lectures, fireside chats, role plays, group work and open discussions covering sociology, political science, psychology, criminology, economics and business administration. The 60 participants included investigators, prosecutors and judges from 19 EU countries, 2 candidate countries and 9 other countries.

Benefits and results

The initiative not only improved practical cross-border cooperation on fighting corruption, but increased understanding of needs and priorities among national authorities and EU bodies. The event also strengthened links – both between theorists and practitioners, and at operational level. The organiser noted strong team spirit at the event and this has carried over into several IACSS participants staying in regular contact.

Countries from the Western Balkans and other countries neighbouring the EU benefited in particular from the transfer of knowledge between participants. This should lead to increased regional cooperation in preventing, fighting and prosecuting corruption.

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