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News Flash - 5 July 2005

Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) publishes report on Spain

Strasbourg, 5 July 2005 : The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption monitoring mechanism, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Second Round Evaluation Report on Spain. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Spanish authorities.

GRECO’s Second Evaluation Round focuses on the recovery of proceeds of corruption, corruption in public administration and the prevention of legal persons being used to shield corrupt practices.

The report shows that Spain disposes of a comprehensive legal framework and an efficient investigation system, based notably on close cooperation between the law-enforcement agencies and tax authorities, for the recovery of proceeds of corruption. The means to deal with corruption in public administration are in place but there is a need to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, it will be necessary to introduce an adequate system ensuring liability of legal persons for acts of corruption, including effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.

GRECO addresses several recommendations to Spain in order to improve its capacity to combat corruption. Measures taken by Spain to implement the recommendations will be assessed by GRECO in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the beginning of 2007.