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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.
GRECO 62 - Strasbourg, 2-6 December 2013 - Decisions
Conference on “Gender Dimensions of Corruption” –
Prague, 13 December 2013
The conference is expected to bring together some 80 participants from the GRECO member States, as well as representatives of international organisations and civil society.
The working languages of the conference will be English, French and Czech.
Link to Concept paper
Link to Draft 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...)
GRECO 61 - Strasbourg, 14-18 October 2013 - Decisions
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
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.
GRECO 60 - Strasbourg, 17-21 June 2013 -Decisions
[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...)
GRECO calls on Slovenia to further develop corruption prevention concerning
members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors
(translation provided by the authorities of Slovenia)
GRECO publishes compliance reports on Czech Republic, Cyprus, Norway and Republic of Moldova
[Strasbourg, 05/04/2013] – The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published compliance reports on the Republic of Moldova, the Czech Republic and Cyprus, and a second compliance report on Norway. The reports assess the level of compliance with the recommendations made by GRECO in its Third Round evaluation reports, which deal with the criminalisation of corruption and the transparency of party financing.