Group of States against corruption (GRECO)

Group of States against Corruption publishes report on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Press Release

Strasbourg, 17 August 2011 –  Publishing its Third Round Evaluation Report, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina to take determined steps to enforce criminal legislation and become more efficient in convicting corruption offenders. GRECO also calls for more transparency and accountability in the funding of political parties and election campaigns.

Although the country has embarked on a series of reforms to align penal legislation with international standards on criminalising of corruption, GRECO reports inconsistencies in existing criminal codes at the level of the State, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republika Srpska and Brčko District. It also highlights shortcomings in criminalisation of bribery in the private sector and active trading in influence [Theme I – link to the report].

On political financing [Theme II – link to the report], GRECO acknowledges that political parties and election candidates are accountable to some degree for their finances, but that the legal framework is complex, patchy and imperfectly consolidated. It calls for greater transparency to ensure that the public get access in good time to information on party funding and to the results of supervision carried out by the Central Electoral Commission, saying that the Commission needs more resources and that a review of the existing sanctions for violating the law on political parties’ financing and the election law needs to take place.

GRECO will assess, through its compliance procedure in the first half of 2013, how the 18 recommendations have been implemented.