Group of States against corruption (GRECO)

Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption recommends more transparency in San Marino’s public administration

Press Release

Strasbourg, 28 February 2012 –  In its first report on San Marino [hyperlink to report], released today, the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) highlights that the country is still at an early stage in the fight against corruption and needs to pay greater attention to integrity and transparency in the public sector.

While substantial steps have been taken in recent years to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, San Marino, which joined GRECO in 2010, has yet to strengthen its anticorruption instruments.

The report contains 16 recommendations to be assessed during 2013.

GRECO advises San Marino to increase the specialisation of law enforcement authorities in the investigation of corruption offences; to develop tools to prevent conflicts of interest; to provide for whistleblower protection; and to strengthen control mechanisms in public administration. In the private sector, accountants, auditors and legal professionals should become more actively involved in detecting and revealing this type of crime.

San Marino has not yet ratified any of the Council of Europe anticorruption standards: the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, its Additional Protocol or the Civil Law Convention on Corruption.

Link to the report: English / Français / Italiano*

* Unofficial translation provided by the authorities of San Marino

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.