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GRECO Bureau

Members of GRECO Bureau

Article 9 provides for the establishment of a Bureau, with a maximum of seven members, which is assigned a number of important functions. At its 2nd meeting (1-3 December 1999), GRECO decided, however, that, for the time being, its Bureau would be composed of only 5 members: the President, the Vice-President and three other members.

Competence

(Article 9 of the Statute)

1. There shall be a Bureau composed of the President and the Vice-President referred to in Article 8 paragraph 8 above and five other persons elected by the GRECO, among the representatives of the members entitled to vote which are, as far as possible, Parties to at least one of the international legal instruments adopted in pursuance of the Programme of action against corruption.

2. The Bureau shall carry out the following functions:

  • prepare the preliminary draft annual programme of activities and the draft annual activity report;

  • make proposals to the GRECO concerning the preliminary draft budget;

  • organise country visits on the basis of the decisions taken by the GRECO;

  • make proposals to the GRECO on the composition of the ad hoc evaluation teams;

  • prepare the agenda for the meetings of the GRECO including those at which evaluation reports will be discussed;

  • make proposals to the GRECO as regards the provisions to be selected for evaluation procedures in pursuance of  Article 10 paragraph 3 below;

  • make proposals to the GRECO concerning the appointment of scientific experts and consultants.

3. The Bureau shall carry out any other function assigned to it by the GRECO.

4. The Bureau shall exercise its functions under the general supervision of the GRECO.

Election of Bureau

(Rule 9 of Rules of Procedure) - Adopted by GRECO 53

1. The Bureau shall be composed of the President, the Vice-President and up to five representatives to be determined in proportion to the number of members of GRECO.

2. Rule 5, paragraphs 2 and 3, shall apply, mutatis mutandis to the election and submission of candidatures to seats in the Bureau. However, non-elected candidates to the offices of President or Vice-President will be deemed to have also submitted their candidature to vacant seats in the Bureau. If a Bureau member ceases to be a representative in GRECO or resigns from his or her seat in the Bureau, an election to fill the vacant seat shall take place as soon as possible.

3. Rule 5, paragraphs 4 and 5, shall also apply to the election of vacant seats in the Bureau. However, in the first ballot, candidates having obtained the majority of the votes cast will be elected. In the second ballot, the remaining vacant seats will be filled by candidates following the decreasing order of the number of votes received respectively.

4. The Bureau shall function according to and be entrusted with the tasks enumerated in Article 9 of the Statute of GRECO.

5. Meetings of the Bureau shall be convened at regular intervals by the Executive Secretary upon instruction of the President or whenever the Executive Secretary considers it necessary for the proper functioning of GRECO.