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News Flash - 6 July 2005

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

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 Germany. The report has been made public with the agreement of the German authorities.

GRECO addresses several recommendations to Germany tailored to improve its capacity to combat corruption. They deal, inter alia, with legislation on freedom of information and access to government information, public officials moving to the private sector (which can give rise to conflicts of interest), the reporting of suspicions of corruption in public administration, the disqualification of individuals who have been convicted for corruption offences from acting in leading positions in legal persons, e.g. companies limited by shares, and how to ensure that effective and dissuasive pecuniary sanctions can be imposed on legal persons involved in corruption.

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