International Anti-Corruption Day was celebrated today at the Foreign Ministry. Luigi Di Maio, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, opening the proceedings, reiterated that the fight against corruption remains a priority for Italy which, in its legal diplomacy work, is committed to promoting the culture of legality, transparency, and the prevention of corruption.
The journalist Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi moderated the event. Minister Natalia Quintavalle (Inspector General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr. Stefano Glinianski (Director of the Independent Evaluation Body of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr. Anita Pisarro (Head of Corruption Prevention and Transparency at the Ministry of Labour), Prof. Valentina Lostorto (National School of Administration) and Paola Maria Zerman (State Attorney General) attended it. Giuseppe Busia, the President of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, spoke by video link.
In the various fora in which Italy participates – from the G7 to the G20, from the United Nations to the OECD, the Council of Europe and the OSCE – the legal diplomacy of the Italian Foreign Ministry has played a propulsive and driving role in recent years, and has enabled Italy to acquire a role in the fight against corruption, mafias, and money laundering that is acknowledged by our international partners.
The action of the Italian Foreign Ministry at the international level is accompanied, internally, by a constant commitment to preventing and combatting corruption, firstly and foremostly by constantly raising awareness and carrying out the necessary training of Foreign Ministry personnel on this delicate issue. For that reason, today’s International Day against Corruption focussed on training and also involved the winners of the 2021 diplomatic recruitment competition.
The culture of legality and transparency are already an integral part of the training courses for Foreign Ministry officials. Indeed, there is a constant effort to ensure that all our personnel are prepared and trained to deal with multiple and wide-ranging challenges, including corruption.