CHP questions halt of publication of decisions of Ethics Council

May 23, 2012, Wednesday/ 15:27:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

A Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy has sent a question to Parliament asking why the Ethics Council has stopped announcing its decisions on its website and particularly whether this has something to do with “a consultant for the Prime Ministry receiving a 13,000 euro salary.”

CHP Deputy Chairman Muharrem İnce addressed to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan his question regarding the decisions of the Ethics Council, a department of the Prime Ministry that investigates allegations against civil servants. Among his questions to Parliament are the following. If the Ethics Council does not announce its decisions, then how will sanctions pursuant to these decisions be applied? Is there a relationship between stopping the announcement of Ethics Council decisions and a revelation by the Ethics Council that a consultant working in the Prime Ministry receives a salary of 13,000 euros? Was it ethical for the Ethics Council to remove its decisions from its website immediately after a newspaper published a report about the existence of a civil servant who is receiving a 13,000 euro salary?

In his submission to Parliament, İnce defined the Ethics Council as an establishment the aim of which is “to determine the principles, such as objectivity, honesty, accountability, transparency and watching for public interest, with which civil servants ought to comply and to ensure the application of these principles in practice.”

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