Compliance with official ethics is the duty of civil servants
Within the framework of the implementation of the 12th Step of the Plan of the Nation - "100 concrete steps" for the formation of a professional state apparatus, by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated December 29, 2015 "On Measures for Further Improvement of Ethical Standards and Rules of Conduct of Civil Servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan" approved and put into effect from 1 January, 2016 the Ethical code of civil servants of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Rules of Service Ethics of Civil Servants) and the Regulation on the Ethics Commissioner.
The requirements of the Code of Ethics apply to all civil servants, regardless of the level of the position and length of service.
The Code regulates the standards of conduct of civil servants in official relations, off-duty, and standards of conduct associated with public speaking, including in the media.
The Code is aimed at strengthening public confidence in state bodies, forming a high culture of relations in the civil service and preventing cases of unethical behavior of civil servants.
To help civil servants to unconditionally comply with the norms of service ethics, as well as to prevent the violation of legislation on public service, counteracting corruption, the institute of ethics commissioners was introduced.
The main task of the Commissioner for Ethics is the prevention of violations of the legislation on public service, counteracting corruption and the Code of Ethics.
The Commissioner for Ethics, within the limits of its competence, provides civil servants with advice on compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the areas of public service, countering corruption and the Code of Ethics, as well as in cases of violation of the rights and legitimate interests of civil servants, take measures to protect them and recovery.
Civil servants and citizens can apply to the ethics commissioner for advice in the event of a conflict of interest, resolution of situations of an ethical nature.
One of the functions of an ethics commissioner is to assist in the formation of a culture of relationships in teams corresponding to generally accepted moral and ethical standards.
For this purpose, the ethics commissioner conducts an anonymous questionnaire among civil servants at least once every six months.
The civil servant, when performing his official duties, must:
- to be honest, fair, modest, to observe the generally accepted moral and ethical standards, in handling citizens and colleagues, to show courtesy and correctness;
- their actions and behavior do not give rise to criticism from the public;
- rationally and effectively use the working time, entrusted state property, including official vehicles;
- observe business etiquette and rules of official conduct.
It is necessary to note that the standards of behavior rise to a new qualitative level, and require from civil servants increased responsibility and self-control of behavior, which in general will positively influence the formation of a positive image of the civil service.