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Act on Recusal of Public Functionaries Due to Conflicts of Interest

The Act on Recusal of Public Servants Due to Conflicts of Interest obliges public servants to prevent interest conflicts and to report in writing to the agencies in which they render service, the superior agencies, and the agencies appointing, electing or engaging to them, according to Paragraph 1 of Article 20 of the Act. Those agencies and organs shall compile and report the information about the public servant’s voluntary recusal, application for recusal, or recusal ordered ex officio in the previous year to the organ or entity with the jurisdiction as designated by the Control Yuan, within 30 days at the end of each year.

The Control Yuan shall impose fines upon public servants who do not prevent or refuse [interest conflict] prevention, or if through their action or inaction directly or indirectly create profit for themselves or those related to them. In addition, related persons of a public servant shall not seek interests for himself or for the said public servant by requesting relevant persons in the organ, or by other improper means. A public servant and his or her related persons shall not conduct transactions such as subsidizing, sales, lease, contracting, or other transactions with the organ with which the public servant serves or the organs under his supervision, except in cases and in the manner prescribed by law. When cases of fine-imposition are confirmed, they will be posted on the Internet or published in government periodicals.