Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

A panel discussion on the profession of politics with the OSCE, Dr Melanie Sully, Dr David-Barrett and Dr Josef Mantl

"Politiker: Transparent aber nicht farblos", Report on event by Thomas Winkler for EU Infothek see summary of speeches of MEP Karas, Dr David-Barrett, Dr Tagwerker and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Dr Josef Mantl as moderator 25.1. 2013.
Discussion: The Job of a Politician: what they should or should not do, Friday January 25, 11-1pm,  2013, Europe House, Vienna  with Prof Dr Melanie Sully, Dr Josef Mantl, Europabürgerforum2020 and the OSCE/ODIHR and Dr Liz David-Barrett, Oxford University, Transparency International  

During the Event the publication on Parliamentary Ethics was presented by the OSCE/ODIHR

"A new study highlighting the value of parliamentary codes of conduct in promoting professional and ethical standards for parliamentarians was presented by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) at a conference in Vienna on 25 January 2013.

The study, “Professional and Ethical Standards for Parliamentarians”, provides a comparative analysis of the practical measures OSCE participating States can take to promote ethical behaviour among politicians.  

“Standards on parliamentary behaviour and ethics help promote the political credibility of democratic systems by fostering public trust,” said Nathalie Tagwerker, Deputy Head of ODIHR’s Democratization Department. “Moreover, the establishment of and adherence to standards of ethics seeks to maintain a culture of democratic public service that favours the public interest over private gain.”

The presentation was followed by a discussion organized by the Bürgerforum Europa 2020 and the Go-Governance Initiative, which brought together Austrian political stakeholders and representatives from civil society, the media and academia to highlight the objectives, challenges and good practices in developing standards of professional and ethical behaviour for politicians.

“The regulatory reform of parliamentary codes of ethics should be carried out in an inclusive, transparent and consultative manner,” said Melanie Sully, the head of the Go-Governance Initiative.

ODIHR’s study will be presented in other OSCE participating States, providing a tool for parliamentarians, civil society and academic experts on good practices for developing and reforming professional and ethical standards in parliaments.

The publication is available both online, and in print (in English/Russian/Georgian/Arabic)



Live Stream Internet OkiTalk a full house at the EU in Vienna plus 2,000 participants virtual from Germany, Switzerland etc put questions to the podium