What of cases where civil servants receive gratuities from those who have no vested interest in their performance of official duties? Please give examples.
Measures employed to address this issue (see Guidelines, Article 5, Paragraph 1, Item 2):
- Market value of the gratuity does not exceed the amount customarily given under such circumstances: The gratuity may be accepted without need to inform the agency in writing.
- Market value of the gratuity exceeds the normal customary amount: Recipients of such gratuities shall, within three days of receipt thereof, report such occurrences in writing to their supervisors and, when deemed necessary, to their agencies’ ethics offices. Following a review by the ethics office, the gratuity is to be disposed of in line with Item 12, Paragraph 2 of Article 5 of the Guidelines.
- Gratuity is from relatives or friends who have no vested interest in the performance of the civil servant’s official duties: The gratuity may be accepted without need to inform the agency in writing.