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Corruption amongst members of parliament, judges and prosecutors: Belgium must step up its action regarding integrity and transparency
GRECO has noted the recent establishment of codes of deontology and a Federal Ethics Committee, as well as the introduction of preventive measures for federal parliamentarians which include a system for the declaration of donations, official appointments, other positions held and assets. However, the regulatory system suffers from a lack of effectiveness and sometimes appears to be unnecessarily complex.(more...)
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GRECO urges Albania to step up corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors
[Strasbourg, 27/06/2014] – The Council of Europe’s Group of States against corruption (GRECO) has published today its Fourth Round Evaluation Report on Albania dealing with corruption prevention in respect of members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors.
GRECO acknowledges that, while detailed anti-corruption and conflicts of interest regulations are in place, the existing legal framework is highly complex, and its stability is undermined by numerous and frequent amendments which are often subject to contradictory interpretation. Additionally, the rules mainly focus on restrictions and prohibitions, to the detriment of public disclosure and transparency, which curtails their effect. (more...)
Council of Europe praises Norway for its commitment to preventing corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutor
[Strasbourg, 25/06/2014] – In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) assesses positively the Norwegian system for ensuring integrity and preventing corruption and misconduct among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors.
The members of these professional categories enjoy high levels of public trust, thanks to a zero tolerance approach to corruption and a system that relies mainly on openness, trust and public scrutiny. (more...)
Council of Europe’s Anti-corruption Group calls on Croatia to raise public confidence in judiciary and bolster anti-corruption measures in parliament
[Strasbourg, 25/06/2014] – In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) gives credit to the efforts made by Croatia to fight corruption in public life. However, despite the many encouraging steps taken, Croatian citizens’ trust in their key institutions remains low. This negative perception is particularly troublesome with respect to the judiciary and politicians. (more...)
– Strasbourg, 16-20 June 2014 - Decisions
[Strasbourg, 19/06/2014] – In its annual report, published today, the Council of Europe´s anti-corruption monitoring group GRECO expresses concern about the little progress made by a significant number of European countries in implementing its recommendations on transparency of political funding.
In the report, GRECO partly attributes this situation to the political sensitivity of party and campaign funding, and to the fact that, by evaluating states in this field, GRECO´s monitoring has extended to areas beyond direct governmental control and under the influence of political parties and parliaments themselves.
Council of Europe encourages Denmark to further develop its tools for preventing corruption
– Danish measures to prevent
corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors appear to be
quite effective in practice. However, the current system based on trust
might not always provide sufficient safeguards against corruption risks in
on “Strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors
to prevent corruption in their own ranks: emerging trends from two years of
GRECO Round IV evaluations”
– Under the auspices of the
Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, this one and a half day
conference was jointly organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry of
Justice, the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe
(GRECO), and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), with extra
financial support from the Government of Monaco. In addition to taking stock
of national experience and main findings in the prevention of corruption in
respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, it also provided an opportunity to review policies, exchange information on good
practices and to identify future action in the light of GRECO’s Fourth
prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliament,
prevention of corruption in respect of judges and prosecutors.
The conference brought together around
70 participants from the GRECO member States, as well as those from
international organisations and other relevant stakeholders.