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Group of States against Corruption today published its annual report

GRECO Chair Drago Kos calls for more resources to fight corruption

Press Release

Strasbourg, 29 June 2011 –  Drago Kos, Chair of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), today called for more resources – time and effort, and ultimately funding – for fighting corruption in Europe, and at global level.

When presenting GRECO’s annual report to the Committee of Ministers, he said GRECO had observed “occasional slumps in political determination or even backtracking on previous achievements” in the fight against corruption.

He also pointed out that the performance of a number of countries, most of them EU member states, had to be qualified as “globally unsatisfactory” by GRECO during its current third evaluation round and the countries concerned placed under closer scrutiny. The third round examines the incrimination of corruption and the transparency of political funding, the latter being one of the fields which many countries find difficult to tackle.

“We cannot accept the pessimistic view that corruption is a beast that cannot be tamed. The member states concerned and the international organisations must step up their efforts. I expect much from strengthened cooperation with the European Union”, he concluded.

In 2010 GRECO started to prepare its fourth evaluation round, to be launched at the beginning of 2012 and which will focus on corruption prevention in respect of members of parliaments, judges and prosecutors.

The annual report provides a synthesis of all GRECO activities in 2010. It also contains a special article on sponsorship which is sometimes used with the intent to procure undue advantages.

The Eleventh General Activity Report is available at GRECO´s website

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GRECO was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor states’ compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards. Currently it comprises 48 European states and the United States of America.