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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.
- Strasbourg, 24-28 March 2014 -
Corruption of parliamentarians, judges and
prosecutors : "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" must reinforce prevention
of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) publishes its compliance report on 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, 03/2/2014] –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
Council of Europe invites France to intensify reforms promoting integrity within parliament and the justice system
– In a
released today, the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)
welcomes a series of recent reforms in the prevention of corruption in
France, but notes that important gaps remain in the rules and regulations
applicable to parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors.
Council of Europe anti-corruption body urges Spain to recast public trust in political and judicial institutions
In a report published
today, the Council of Europe anti-corruption group (GRECO)
expresses concern about the proliferation of corruption scandals tainting
the credibility of political institutions in Spain. It advises that the
central Parliament lead by example by putting in place a comprehensive
integrity package with clear ethical standards, matched with greater
transparency of MPs’ financial interests and a robust enforcement mechanism
to sanction wrongdoing.
Resignation of the Slovenian anti-corruption Commissioners
[Strasbourg, 10/12/2013] –During its latest plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 2-6 December 2013), GRECO noted with concern the recent resignation of the Chief Commissioner for the Prevention of Corruption of Slovenia and of his two deputies. In a press release, the Commissioners explained that their initiative was meant to sound alarm bells regarding the lack of political will that surrounds certain necessary reforms of the institutional and legal framework for the prevention of and fight against corruption in Slovenia.
GRECO hopes that the selection process of the future commissioners will ensure that they fulfil the highest guarantees of integrity and independence. It will be kept informed of the situation by members of the Slovenian delegation to GRECO.
Conference on “Gender Dimensions of Corruption” –
Prague, 13 December 2013
The conference brought together 70 participants from the GRECO member States, as well as representatives of international organisations and civil society. (more...)
Link to Concept paper
Link to the Programme
Sweden encouraged to further sharpen its tools for preventing corruption
[Strasbourg, 12/11/2013] – Swedish measures to prevent corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors appear to be quite effective in practice. However, there is still room for improvement – particularly with regard to conflicts of interest among parliamentarians.
These are the main findings of an evaluation report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).
The report notes that Sweden has traditionally been considered one of the
least corrupt countries in Europe, and that perceptions of corruption among
parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors are relatively low. Awareness of
the risks of corruption and conflicts of interest seems to have risen over
the years but could benefit from being further stimulated. (more...)
Council of Europe anti-corruption body praises the integrity policy implemented by judges and prosecutors in the Netherlands
[Strasbourg, 18/07/2013] – In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) found that the Dutch system for the prevention of corruption in respect of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors was fairly effective. Relying to a large degree on mutual trust, openness and public scrutiny, the system is reactive in uncovering and sanctioning misconduct.GRECO welcomed the efforts of the judicial institutions to maintain a high level of public trust through the comprehensive integrity programme which is currently being carried out. It pointed out a limited number of areas deserving more attention, such as the particular position of substitute judges who need to benefit from appropriate guidance on possible conflicts of interest.
GRECO also praised the thorough and balanced approach adopted by the prosecution service (more...)
Council of Europe expects further progress on corruption prevention in Luxembourg
report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Group
(GRECO) welcomes the progressive introduction of rules of conduct concerning
the integrity of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors. It stresses,
however, that much remains to be done to ensure the consistency and
effectiveness of rules on the prevention of corruption.
[Strasbourg, 13/06/2013] – In its annual report published today, the Council of Europe anti-corruption group (GRECO) calls on European states to bolster the legal and institutional capacity of their parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in order to prevent and unequivocally address corruption in their own ranks.
GRECO concludes that these three professional groups need to better internalise prevention corruption as part of their daily jobs and be proactive in developing precise and transparent codes of conduct reinforced by credible mechanisms of supervision and sanction. (more...)