Council of Europe Anti-corruption body calls on Austria to
ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and to improve transparency
of political funding
Strasbourg, 13 January 2012 –
The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO
today called for Austria to ratify the Criminal Law Convention on
Corruption, to fully implement it, and to swiftly and substantially improve
legislation on political funding.
In its report, GRECO stresses that Austria is one of the very few Council
of Europe member states which are not a party to the Criminal Law Convention
on Corruption and its Additional Protocol. Although criminal legislation on
corruption is quite developed, it does not adequately criminalise offences
such as bribery of members of elected public assemblies or bribery of senior
public officials. The latter cannot be prosecuted whenever gifts and other
gratuities are permitted in the administrative regulations or the employing
institution's internal rules. Moreover, Austrian top executives are usually
not subject to such regulations.
The legal framework on the financing of political parties, which dates
back to 1975, focuses on the allocation of public subsidies to political
parties and their activities. Private donations are not regulated and
Austria has no public supervision mechanism, even though political financing
is seen as a particularly controversial area, reportedly affected by a
variety of malpractices.
Parliamentary work was initiated in 2010 to fill the gaps and GRECO
encourages Austria to provide for adequate transparency and supervision of
the financing of political parties and elections campaigns, including
sanctions in case of non compliance.
GRECO will monitor Austria’s responses to the report during 2013.
Link to the report:
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* Translations provided by the authorities of Austria.
GRECO was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor states’
compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards. It currently
comprises 48 European states and the United States of America.