According to the statement from the Council of Ministers, which approved the new Code, “several innovations are introduced compared to the previous Code, in line with recommendations from international organisations”.

“Its scope of application is expanded, a reporting channel and a risk prevention plan are created, and changes that may be approved by the Assembly of the Republic are framed in the context of the dialogue regarding measures to combat corruption”.

At the end of the meeting, a Government source explained that, in relation to the previous executive's Code of Conduct, there are three changes, the first, in terms of its scope, making it clear that it applies “to the first top line of Public Administration ” and not to members of the executive.

An anonymous reporting channel will also be created within the Government portal.

Thirdly, the Government will be obliged to have a risk forecasting plan, supervised by the National Anti-Corruption Mechanism.

The Code of Conduct will also have a rule to reflect the measures that may be approved to combat corruption – meetings between the Government and parties began today – on matters such as lobbying, transparency, and rules for regulating contacts between public entities.