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Flag AlbaniaGRECO 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...)

Link to the report 

 


Flag Croatia 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...)

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Flag CroatiaCouncil 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...) 

Link to the report 

 


 

GRECO 64 – Strasbourg, 16-20 June 2014 - Decisions
 


Little progress on political funding transparency - Council of Europe anti-corruption group concerned

[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. (more...)

Link to the report 

 


Drapeau du DanemarkCouncil of Europe encourages Denmark to further develop its tools for preventing corruption

[Strasbourg, 16/04/2014] – 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 the future.
These are the main findings of an evaluation report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). (more...)

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Conference 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”
10-11 April 2014
International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA)
Muenchendorfer Strasse 2, 2361 Laxenburg, Austria

[Strasbourg, 14/04/2014] – 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 Evaluation Round.
The conference opened with a high-level segment which brought together several Ministers and high-level officials. In the following expert sessions, GRECO delegates of all member States worked together with experts and representatives from the different sectors concerned to highlight achievements in the following areas: 

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.

Link to the Programme 
Address by Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) 
Speech by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe  
Speech by Marin Mrcela, President of GRECO, Justice of Supreme Court, Croatia
Link to Presentations 



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Corruption of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors : "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" must reinforce prevention
[Strasbourg, 17/03/2014] – In a report published today on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, the Council of Europe’s Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) considers insufficient and expresses concern on the effectiveness of the implementation and enforcement of the legal framework governing the prevention of corruption among members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors.
For all three professional categories, there are rules in place regarding conflicts of interest, asset declarations and gifts. Nevertheless, GRECO considers that arrangements for compliance with these rules and their monitoring need to be improved.
(more...)
Link to the report


Flag UkraineCouncil of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) publishes its compliance report on Ukraine
[Strasbourg, 26/02/2014] – A report detailing the follow-up given to recommendations made to Ukraine by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has just been published with the permission of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
The recommendations concerned two distinct themes – “Incriminations”, where GRECO very much regrets that the legal reform is incomplete and partly inconsistent, and “Transparency of Party Funding”.
GRECO concludes that Ukraine has implemented satisfactorily or dealt with in a satisfactory manner only three of the sixteen recommendations contained in its Third Round Evaluation Report.
Of the seven recommendations that have been partly implemented and the six that have not been implemented, most concern the second theme of “Transparency of Party Funding”.
GRECO urges Ukraine to step up its efforts to significantly increase transparency in the funding of political parties and election campaigns and to pursue the reforms already initiated.
Link to the report


Group of States against Corruption publishes summary of its confidential report on Belarus


[Strasbourg, 03/02/2014] – The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) today published a summary of its Joint First and Second Round Evaluation Report on Belarus adopted in June 2012. It assesses compliance by Belarus with the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption standards and, more specifically, it examines the independence, powers and means available to national bodies responsible for the prevention and fight against corruption, the extent and scope of immunities from investigation and prosecution for corruption offences, possibilities for seizure and confiscation of proceeds of corruption, corruption within the public administration, and the use of legal persons to shield corruption offences. GRECO decided in December 2013, to make this summary public if the authorities of Belarus did not follow the positive transparency policy applied and accepted within GRECO by authorising the publication of the entire report by 3 February 2014. It is the first time in GRECO’s fifteen years of existence that such a measure has had to be taken.

Full text of the summary of GRECO’s Joint First and Second Evaluation Report on Belarus



Latest Reports made public (available in PDF format)

14th General Activity Report (2013)


Third Round Publications

- Incriminations (thematic review)

- Political Funding (thematic review)

 
Fourth Evaluation Round

Evaluation reports
- Albania (27 June 2014)

- Norway (25 June 2014)

- Croatia (25 June 2014)  

- Denmark (16 April 2014)
-"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (17 March 2014)
- France (27 January 2014)
- Spain (15 January 2014)

Third Evaluation Round

Compliance reports

- Monaco (26 June 2014)

- Italy (20 June 2014)


Third Evaluation Round (continued...)

Interim Compliance reports
- Greece (7 August 2014)
- Switzerland (4 July 2014)
- Belgium (4 July 2014) (second)

Second Compliance reports
- "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (20 May 2014)
- Malta (25 March 2014)


Addenda to the Second Compliance reports
- Slovenia (26 June 2014)
- Latvia (28 March 2014)

Joint First and Second Evaluation Rounds

Evaluation reports
- Belarus  (3 February 2014) - Summary

Compliance reports and Addenda
- Ukraine (31 March 2014)
- Liechtenstein  (31 October 2013)

Meetings
Calendar 2014
Plenary meetings (Decisions & Summary reports)
"Tours de table" / Presentations
Publications
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)
Evaluations
What are GRECO evaluations? Evaluation rounds: procedures, questionnaires, reports (more ...).
Fourth Evaluation Round on Corruption Prevention in respect of Members of Parliament, Judges and Prosecutors
 Reports adopted
 Questionnaire
 Reference texts
 Guidelines for evaluators
Third Evaluation Round
 Reports adopted
 Questionnaires
 Guidelines for evaluators
 Political financing:
  Training workshop March 2007
  General background and training material
 Incriminations:
  Background documents
  Training workshop May 2007
Second Evaluation Round
Reports adopted
First Evaluation Round
Reports adopted