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News Flash - 28 February 2006

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

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 Ireland. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Irish authorities.

GRECO concludes that Ireland has a solid legal framework supported by a multidisciplinary approach which allows for effective measures to deprive criminals of the proceeds of corruption through criminal law confiscation and a developed system of civil forfeiture. With regard to public administration, which in the last decade has been considerably modernised towards transparency and customer-orientated services, GRECO recommended, inter alia, to reconsider the existing fee system for access to official information. GRECO also called for clear rules/guidelines for public officials to report suspicions of corruption as well as for regular training on standards of conduct and expected behaviour. Furthermore, in another field covered by its evaluation, GRECO found that the Irish company legislation is generally well-developed; nevertheless, it recommended to consider enhancing the registration process with regard to the material checking of persons behind companies and strengthening the criminal sanctions in respect of account offences.

Measures taken by Ireland to implement the recommendations will be assessed by GRECO in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the end of 2007.