Local governments should have a clear and strong policy of prohibitions and restrictions on officials seeking or accepting any form of improper benefit (including any tangible or intangible gifts and favours, or travels or accommodation and entertainment expenses).
Gifts may be given to local officials in expectation or as gratitude to influence their performances or non-performances over official duties or functions.
Although a gift registry is usually included in the Integrity Action Plans, local officials often fail to notify the receipt of a gift in the gift register. On the other hand, when this register has been constantly and correctly used, municipalities seem to be less exposed to corruptive practices.
A gift is often a prelude to a relationship between the giving and the receiving party, which may lead to integrity or corruption risks. For these reasons, conducting appropriate periodic trainings for local officials on the restrictions on gifts and hospitality would be beneficial for municipalities to adequately prevent corruption and positively implement local government functions.