Combating Corruption: Poland’s Anticorruption Strategies and International Lessons of Experience

December 6th-7th, 2000

Hotel Holiday Inn in Warsaw, ul. Złota 48/54

sponsored by:

the Stefan Batory Foundation

the World Bank

United States of America Embassy in Poland

American Chamber of Commerce

organized by:

the World Bank

Against the Corruption Program

Day 1, December 6

09:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and Introduction: Mr. Jerzy Buzek, the Prime Minister of Poland

and Ms. Helen Sutch, Sector Manager in World Bank Head Office

in Washington, Grazyna Kopinska, Director, Against the Corruption Program

10:15 – 10:20 Address by the US Ambassador to Poland, Mr. Christopher Hill

10:20 – 10:50 Polish perspective: Nature of corruption in Poland

- compared with countries in the region: Ms. Helen Sutch, World Bank

10:50 – 11:00 Coffee

Presentation of priorities in fighting corruption in Poland

11:00 – 11:30 Plenary Chair: Ms. Helen Sutch

11:30 – 12:15 Economics Commission of the Council of Ministers’ (KERM) strategy

(what has been implemented so far): Ms. Dorota Safjan

12:15 – 12:45 Role and experience of Supreme Inspection Chamber in fighting corruption Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski

12:45 – 2:15 Lunch

Chair: Lena Kolarska-Bobińska

2:15 – 3:45 International ways of combating corruption – lessons of experience

(to be introduced by Mr. Tomasz Grosse, drawing on his book on the experience of OECD countries in combating corruption)

3:45 – 4:00 Coffee

4:00 – 6:00 - lessons of experience (cont.)

National Audit Court Senior Judge, France

7:30 – 9:30 Reception

held by the US Ambassador in Poland (separate invitation)


Day 2, December 7

Critical look at the main areas of public life affected by corruption or inviting corruption – Diagnosis – what are the key vulnerabilities?

Chair: Marcin Król

9.15 –9.30 Initial remarks

Panel Discussions

9:30 – 10:15 “Competitive private sector”: monopolies, licenses and permits, corporate governance,panel: Messrs/Mmes: Wojciech Kostrzewa, Andrzej Wilk, Lesław Paga, Anna Fornalczyk, Lukas Pfister, moderator: Mr. Ernest Skalski

10:15 – 10:50 “Public sector management”: accountability of administration, link with politics, procedures incl. hire & fire policy, responsibilities, pay scale, civil service reform, Messrs/Mmes: Jacek Czaputowicz, Jan Pastwa, Jacek Uczkiewicz , Zbigniew Bujak , Maria Gintowt-Jankowicz, moderator: Ms. Bożena Wawrzewska

10:50-11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:35 “Institutions of restraint”: legislation, procurement, effective law enforcement, judicial and legislative oversight, Messrs: Stephen Baczynski, Janusz Niemcewicz, Michael Korwin, moderator: Mr. Marek Nowicki

11:35 – 12:10 “Civil society oversight”: Education of society and changing attitudes - media campaigns, formal education, access to information, Ms. Grażyna Kopinska, Mr. Leszek Balcerowicz

12:10 – 13:00 “Accountability of political leadership”: political party financing, election campaigns, internal codes of ethics, disciplinary mechanisms,conflict of interest,financial disclosure: panel :Messrs: Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Ludwik Dorn, Jan Maria Rokita, Andrzej Potocki, Antoni Kamiński, moderator: Ms. Janina Paradowska

13.00 - 13.15 Summary Marcin Król

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 – 14:30 – Organisation of small task groups: facilitators – Mr. Pawel Ruszkowski, Ms. Maryla Nowicka, Mr. Jacek Wojciechowicz, Olga Haller, JulianPańków, Piotr Wolski

Breakup workshops

14:30 – 17:00 Open Space: suggested workshops - what to do next, tasks (including

research & action) for:

Accountability of Political Leadership

Competitive Private Sector

Public sector management

Institutions of restraint

Civil society oversight

other workshops can be considered depending on the interest of participants

17:00 – 17:15 Coffee break

17:15 – 18:45 Plenary – presentation of the workshops by their representatives

Final remarks, conclusions: Ms. Helen Sutch



Further information can be obtained from:

Marta Michalska, the World Bank,, tel. (22) 520 80 45

Grażyna Kopińska, Against the Corruption,, tel. (22) 536 02 58