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News Flash - 14 September 2005

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

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 Lithuania. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Lithuanian authorities.

GRECO addresses eight recommendations to Lithuania tailored to improve its capacity to combat corruption. They deal, inter alia, with the more effective management of temporarily seized property (such as enterprises or company shares), efficient monitoring of anti-corruption programmes adopted at sector and local levels, progressive elimination of the practice of accepting gratuities in health and social care sectors, introduction of regular in-service training on public ethics for public officials at all levels, and providing necessary training for investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating authorities in order to fully comply with newly introduced provisions on corporate criminal liability.

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