Adopted by GRECO 71
Strasbourg, 14-18 March 2016
This report records the principal elements of our work at the end of a very demanding year. The need to reassure the citizens of our member States and build up – sometimes even recast – confidence in national institutions, systems and decision makers has seemed particularly pressing in recent times.
Marin MRČELA, Justice at the Supreme Court of Croatia, President of GRECO
As a first proposition GRECO Round III evaluation reports disclose a generally good standard of compliance with the obligations laid down in ETS No. 173 and No. 191. The GRECO evaluation teams (“GET”) discovered a very high degree of conformity with those obligations in the laws of Hungary, Malta, and Norway, for example. The reports do not pass judgment on the choice of model of criminal law unless it has a direct impact on the suitability of the law to equip the authorities to tackle corruption.
By 1 November 2011, in its third evaluation round focusing on the transparency of political party funding, the Group of States against Corruption, established by the Council of Europe, had examined the legislation of 39 of the Group’s 49 member states. The data collected by the GRECO evaluation teams (GET), which had hitherto been the preserve of academics, are first of all a unique source of information on what is a fairly recent body of regulations in the history of European democracies.
On 1 January 2012, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), an enlarged agreement within the Council of Europe, will officially enter into its Fourth Round of mutual evaluations. The three evaluation rounds conducted between 2000 and 2011 assessed GRECO member States’ compliance with selected provisions from key Council of Europe legal texts, namely Resolution (97) 24 of the Committee of Ministers on the Twenty Guiding Principles for the fight against corruption, the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 173), and Recommendation Rec(2003)4 of the Committee of Ministers on common rules against corruption in the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns.