Integrity of Civil Servants

The Integrity of Civil Servants training programme aims to increase understanding of the international and EU framework for integrity policy and the national context of the participants’ countries. The course provides insight in the roles and responsibilities of the different actors in promoting integrity of civil servants. The seven building blocks of integrity will be discussed, as well as coherence of integrity policies with the overall financial and HR-policy. Examples from The Netherlands will be discussed and European organisations such as OLAF and GRECO will present their work in the field of anti-corruption. In addition, knowledge and skills to develop a sustainable policy for the promotion of integrity of civil servants at different government levels will be enhanced. Special attention will be paid to obstacles and dilemmas in the implementation process and how to overcome them.

The training programme will have a practical and interactive character. This is in line with the objective to share knowledge and strengthen the co-operation between the civil servants and magistrates of the participating countries.

Training programme structure:

The programme will stimulate much participant interaction and is built around three balanced, mutually supportive and integrated components, namely:

  • Theory
  • Practical skills
  • Study visits

A social programme will facilitate network development between the participants from the various countries as well as between the participants and their Dutch counterparts.

This training is intended for:
Senior civil servants and policy makers at national Ministries or subnational government charged with the development, implementation and enforcement of integrity policy for civil servants in their respective countries are invited to apply. Key figures will be selected who are capable of delivering a valuable contribution to this process and distributing the newly gained knowledge and insights in their respective organisations.

The maximum number of participants is 25. The total will represent a balance in the number of participants from the individual countries.

On completion of the training, participants will:

  • Have insight in the importance of integrity for well-functioning, transparent government institutions and for economic growth;
  • Know how the Dutch policy for integrity of civil servants is shaped and organised;
  • Be able to use the acquired knowledge and best practices as a source of inspiration for dealing with challenges related to integrity policies in their own countries;
  • Be trained in the practical application of specific subjects and in a number of needed practical skills;
  • Have had the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences;
  • Have had the opportunity to create new professional cross-border networking relations.

Eligible countries:
Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

Training period:
12 – 22 April 2015

Application deadline:
15 February 2015

Please read the admission requirements carefully. Applicants who satisfy all of the requirements may proceed to complete the application form.


Programme Costs:
The Netherlands Government will provide full fellowships to selected participants. Each fellowship will cover the cost of international travel (economy), board and lodging, visa and insurance, tuition fees, lecture materials and excursions.

The Hague, the Netherlands

Training venue:
The Hague Academy for Local Governance 
Nassaulaan 12, The Hague

Hotel accommodation:
Bilderberg Europe Hotel
The Hague

Download more information

2015 Brochure Integrity of Civil Servants.pdf