One of the most important internal documents of any organization, including the state, is the code of ethics. Of course, this document in state and municipal institutions must comply with certain uniform standards and have approximately the same content. In this article, we will consider a model code of ethics for a state (municipal) employee.
In December 2010, by decision of the Presidium of the Anti-Corruption Council, the Model Code of Ethics and Official Conduct of Russian Civil Servants and Municipal Employees was adopted. The document is the basis for the development of their ethical codes by state authorities and municipal governments.
A citizen who has entered the state or municipal service must familiarize himself with and comply with the rules set forth in the model code of ethics. Objectives of a Model Code of Ethicscivil servants are:
- Ensuring employees perform their jobs with dignity.
- Strengthening the proper level of authority of civil servants and building Russian citizens' confidence in them.
- Improve employees' efficiency in doing their jobs.
- Formation of a respectful attitude towards the municipal and public service and improvement of the morality of civil servants themselves.
Basic and recommended rules and principles of professional ethics
The model code of ethics for municipal and state employees reveals the basic ethical principles. These principles include conscientiousness in the performance of their duties, impartiality, correctness and care in dealing with citizens, intolerance to corruption and others. In addition, a municipal or government official must ensure compliance with the laws of the country and other regulatory legal documents, avoid conflicts of interest in the performance of his duties, take measures to ensure the confidentiality of official information.
In addition to the above, this document establishes advisory rules. So, an employee in the performance of work must refrain from rudeness and statements of a discriminatory nature, threats and offensive actions, from smoking. Thus, employees should be friendly, polite, considerate and tolerant when dealing with citizens and colleagues. If necessary, the dress code of the stateemployee.
Responsibility for failure to comply with the Model Code of Ethics
When imposing disciplinary sanctions, attesting or raising the rank of a civil servant, the observance of the code of ethics by the employee is taken into account.
Violation of ethics entails moral condemnation at a meeting of the relevant commission, the application of legal liability measures (disciplinary, administrative and even criminal). For example, disclosure of information that is a state secret will result in punishment in accordance with Article 283 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.