In order to address corruption in an effective and comprehensive manner a single institution was set up in Latvia through the Law on Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (the Bureau) adopted on 18 April 2002. The Bureau was established in October 2002 and its work is threefold: prevention of corruption, countering of corruption and education of the society on anti- corruption matters.
In 2014 the Bureau continued to elaborate the Corruption Prevention and Combating Guidelines for 2015-2020 (the Guidelines) that have to be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. It is a medium term anti-corruption policy document describing the current situation of Latvia’s anticorruption policy, defining problems and stipulating tasks to be executed by various state institutions, implementation time frame for individual assignments, justification of the assignment and overall policy results to be expected in certain period of time. The Guidelines will replace the National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2009-2013.
In order to implement a unite approach to the country’s anti-corruption policy in the coordination meeting (24th October 2014) of the national anti-fraud coordination service AFCOS it was decided to include tasks for preventing and combating fraud in the activities and of European Structural and Investment Funds as well as other foreign financial assistance instruments in the Guidelines.