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Group of States against corruption (GRECO)

Last update 12/07/2016

International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December

International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December

Strasbourg – 09.12.2016 - To mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, the president of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), Marin Mrcela, today made the following statement:

 “Combating corruption is not only a matter of new laws, but also a matter of ethics and individual behaviour, and often implies changing people’s hearts and minds.

Corruption damages the economy, negatively affecting potential growth and job creation, in both the public and private sectors. It undermines trust in democratic institutions and threatens human rights and the rule of law.

 Corruption makes our societies less equal and less fair.

When corruption practices are considered acceptable or go unpunished, the borders between what is good and bad, between what is ethical and non-ethical, even criminal, become blurry. Our faith in democratic values, in the importance of integrity, is weakened.

We need to raise every individual´s awareness of the multiple devastating effects of corruption and show why we must reject it, why it doesn´t have a place in our societies.”

GRECO has launched this video to contribute to raising awareness about the damage corruption causes and the need to combat it resolutely.   

Bureau Members of 5th Evaluation Round

A. MAITREPIERRE and D. MEYER (from left to right)

Outcome of the 74th Plenary Meeting of GRECO (Strasbourg, 28 November - 2 December 2016)

Strasbourg, 5 December 2016 - The Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) adopted the evaluation reports on the prevention of corruption in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in Georgia, Switzerland and the United States of America. It also adopted compliance reports on Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Turkey.
GRECO also elected Marin MRČELA (Croatia) as its President and Agnès MAITREPIERRE (France) as its Vice-President. Helena LIŠUCHOVÁ (Czech Republic), Aslan YUSUFOV (Russian Federation), Vita HABJAN BARBORIČ (Slovenia), Ernst GNÄGI (Switzerland), and David MEYER (United Kingdom) have been elected members of the Bureau for the duration of the 5th Evaluation round starting in 2017.

Link to Decisions 

President of GRECO - Marin MRCELA   Bureau of 5th Evaluation Round   Agnès MAITREPIERRE - Vice-President
Marin MRČELA (Croatia) -  President of GRECO   Bureau of 5th Evaluation Round    Agnès MAITREPIERRE (France) - Vice-President of GRECO

Flag of the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic should improve measures to prevent corruption among MP´s, judges and prosecutors, according to Council of Europe report

Strasbourg, 2 November 2016 – In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) calls on the Czech authorities to make substantial reforms to strengthen the prevention of corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors.

GRECO specifically calls on the Czech authorities to further increase the transparency of the legislative process. In the absence of any lobbying regulations, it recommends introducing rules for members of parliament on how to interact with third parties seeking to influence the legislative process and that such interactions be made more transparent. (more...

Link to the report pdf

Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO to monitor prevention of corruption in respect of top government officials and law enforcement

Strasbourg, 24 October 2016 – In 2017, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body GRECO will start monitoring the prevention of corruption and the promotion of integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies, which will be the themes of its 5th Evaluation Round. (more...

Link to:  Decisions / Questionnaire of 5th Evaluation Round  pdf




  Calendar 2016 pdf

  Plenary meetings

  Tours de table / Presentations




  16th General Activity Report (2015)

  Incriminations (thematic review of GRECO's Third Evaluation Round)

  Political Funding (thematic review of GRECO's Third Evaluation Round)

  Lessons learnt from the three evaluation rounds (2000-2010)



Corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors

  Reports adopted


  Reference texts

  Evaluators' guidelines  pdf




  Third evaluation round

  Second evaluation round

  First evaluation round

Latest reports made public pdf

New Programme of activities 2017

16th General Activity Report (2015)

Fourth Evaluation Round

Evaluation report(s) - Czech Republic (02 Nov 2016) - Cyprus (27 Jul 2016) - Republic of Moldova (5 Jul 2016)

Compliance report(s) Croatia (9 Nov. 2016) - "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (12 Oct. 2016) - Spain (10 Oct. 2016) - France (3 Jun 2016)

Interim Compliance report(s)New Netherlands (8 Dec. 2016) - Latvia (7 Apr 2016)

Third Evaluation Round

Evaluation report(s) - San Marino (12 July) Theme I / Theme 2 - Liechtenstein (2 Jun 2016) Theme 1 / Theme 2

Second Compliance report(s) - New Italy (02 Dec. 2016) - Monaco (24 Nov. 2016) - Russian Federation (21 Nov. 2016) - Austria (21 Oct 2016) - Belgium (20 Sep 2016) - Germany (16 Jun 2016) - United States of America (1 Apr 2016)

Interim Compliance report(s) - Bosnia and Herzegovina (22 Sep 2016) - Switzerland (25 Aug 2016) - Cyprus (23 Mar 2016) - Turkey (21 Mar 2016)

Addendum(a) to Compliance report - New Georgia (02 Dec 2016) - Azerbaijan (14 Mar 2016)

First and Second Joint Evaluation Rounds

Interim Compliance report(s) - Belarus (summary) (01 Sep 2016)

Addendum(a) to Compliance report - San Marino (20 Jul 2016)