Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Vienna has launched a platform to anonymously report suspected corruption


The records that people enter on the platform go through an internal review and then decide on the next step.

Representatives of the Austrian capital Vienna presented a new internet platform on Monday, on which people can anonymously report suspicions of corruption or abuse of power by public officials. The APA agency informed about it.

The mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig explained that the newly created platform will also allow citizens to report suspicions of economic crime, bribery, tax evasion or violations.

The deputy mayor of Vienna, Christoph Wiederkehr, described the newly created platform as an “important milestone” in the field of transparency and the fight against corruption. The initiative aims to strengthen people’s confidence in politics and governance.

“Such a thing does not yet exist in Austria at the community level,” he said, noting that Vienna is a pioneer in this field. This “fearless space” will also protect those who report suspected corruption, the Wiederkehr added, adding that their “absolute anonymity” would be ensured.

The records that people enter on the platform go through an internal review and then decide on the next step. On the basis of them, it will be possible to draw consequences in the case of responsible officials of a criminal or professional nature.

Since 2005, the so-called anti-corruption phone. However, according to information from the daily Der Standard, which refers to sources from the Vienna City Hall, they recorded only about 50 calls a year on this line. Most of them consisted of advice and issues related to the prevention of corruption, and only in a small number of cases were possible violations of laws and regulations.





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