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Sweden encouraged to further sharpen its tools for preventing corruption

Press Release

Strasbourg, 12 November 2013 – Swedish measures to prevent corruption among members of parliament, judges and prosecutors appear to be quite effective in practice. However, there is still room for improvement – particularly with regard to conflicts of interest among parliamentarians.
These are the main findings of an evaluation report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

The report notes that Sweden has traditionally been considered one of the least corrupt countries in Europe, and that perceptions of corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors are relatively low. Awareness of the risks of corruption and conflicts of interest seems to have risen over the years but could benefit from being further stimulated.
GRECO therefore recommends drawing up a code of conduct for parliamentarians, as well as further developing the rules on conflicts of interest, gifts and declarations of assets.
GRECO also recommends that measures should be taken to offer proper guidance to all judges on ethics, expected conduct and preventing corruption and conflicts of interest, as well as to ensure the independence, impartiality and integrity of lay judges. Finally, prosecutors would benefit from a set of clear ethical standards, backed up by specialised training.
Today’s report has been published with the agreement of the Swedish authorities, which should report back on measures taken to implement the eight recommendations included in the report by the end of April 2015. GRECO will then assess the extent to which its recommendations have been implemented through a further “compliance report” in the second half of 2015.

Link to the report