Ethical Guidelines for the Public Service

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

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High ethical standards for the provision of services and the exercise of authority are a prerequisite if the citizenry is to trust the public service. The goal of these general ethical guidelines is to ensure that all State employees are aware of this.

High ethical standards for the provision of services and the exercise of authority are a prerequisite if the citizenry is to trust the public service. The goal of these general ethical guidelines is to ensure that all State employees are aware of this. The ethical guidelines are to be of a general nature, rather than providing detailed rules. They are intended to be general guidelines that call for reflection on the part of the individual employee. The provisions enshrined in them are not always exact, but rather specify legal standards.

The guidelines shall generally apply to the entire public service, implying that all State government bodies are subject to them. State-owned enterprises and other state enterprises and institutions must consider the need for introducing their own ethical guidelines.