Group of States against corruption (GRECO)

News Flash - 8 July 2005

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

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 Albania. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Albanian 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.

Albania has adopted a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy for the public sector. The issue of conflict of interests in public administration has also been dealt with in greater detail, in particular through the preparation of specific legislation. Finally, the control of the register of companies is to be strengthened and tax authorities, accountants and auditors could play a more significant role in detecting and reporting corruption.

GRECO addresses a series of recommendations to Albania in order to improve its capacity to combat corruption. Measures taken by Albania to implement the recommendations will be assessed by GRECO in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the end of 2006.