Handbook for Municipal Councils on avoiding Conflicts of Interests
The purpose of the booklet is to help local governments solve situations involving a conflict of interests. The booklet includes an overview of 13 possible situations involving a conflict of interests that Estonian local governments have encountered. Every situation description in the booklet is accompanied by an explanation of how to act in the case of that particular type of conflict of interests. The preparation of the booklet was guided by the wish to increase the awareness of Municipal Councils and Rural Municipality Governments and City Governments about situations involving a conflict of interests.
Unlike the formal solutions set out in the Anti-corruption Act, the solutions provided in the booklet are recommendatory, not binding rules of conduct. The booklet was prepared, taking into account restrictions set out in the legislation and the wider notion of values characteristic of public services.
The booklet was prepared in the co-operation of the Ministry of Justice, Tartu City Government, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Ministry of Finance and the National Audit Office.