Agency for Prevention of Corruption

Cross-section of the APC results in the area of the control of political entities and election campaign

Aug. 26, 2020

In order to ensure the full transparency of the election process, the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption published on its website the documents submitted to it during the campaign by law enforcement officials, that is, government bodies, political entities and the media. With full transparency, the Agency contributes to further strengthening the integrity of the election process and public confidence in the work of this body.

The Agency performs essential control over the financing of the election campaign and this body consistently, without exception and transparently implements all legally prescribed competencies, and in case of suspicion of violating the law, initiates proceedings ex officio and acts on all received complaints.

In the course of the campaign so far, the Agency has initiated 293 proceedings related to the use of public resources in the election campaign, and after controlling 20,164 submitted documents of government bodies containing analytical cards on social benefits and budget spending, travel orders, etc. sent 604 warnings to subjects to the Law, and gave 49 Opinions on the requests of the authorities, as well as 576 legal advice and clarifications.

Out of 293 procedures, the most (123) were initiated in order to control the restrictions on monthly consumption, followed by employment (101). The Agency performed 11 field inspections of the authorities and published all the minutes from those field inspections on its website. The minutes are published after all performed controls and after the completion of initiated processes.

When it comes to political entities, the control of 10 political entities is in progress, that is, documentation on all their activities during the election campaign. The control of all 706 contributors to political entities is underway. On the basis of submitted invoices and contracts, as well as performed controls, 168 activities of political entities were recorded, that is, costs in the amount of € 777,221.

Also, the Agency published all price lists of media advertising that arrived within the legal deadline, as well as those that arrived after the legal deadline, so that the interested public, and above all political entities, would have a complete insight into that documentation. The Agency monitors and initiates misdemeanor proceedings against subjects to the Law for which it determines that they provided media advertising services to political entities, but did not submit the price list to this body within the deadline or at all.

The Agency acted on all 118 complaints submitted to it during the campaign due to suspicions of violating the Law, and in the shortest possible time in all cases where the conditions were met, it made first instance decisions. So far, 51 first instance decisions have been made, and in other cases the proceedings are ongoing.

With full transparency of work and publishing the received documentation on its website, the Agency enabled the interested public to have an insight into the documents submitted to this body, which refer to the financing of the election campaign and the use of public resources. The data that are published in the media through the media, in large part, are precisely the data that the Agency has made public.