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News Flash - 2 December 2005

Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) publishes report on “the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia”

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 “the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia”. The report has been made public with the agreement of the authorities of this country.

It is concluded in the Report that corruption in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” remains a serious problem, which the authorities address as a high priority, inter alia, by the State Programme against Corruption. As a result legislation and institutions have undergone modernisation to a large extent in recent years and follow-up in terms of implementation (awareness and training) is needed. The reform under way in the civil service appears to be particularly promising but should be extended to all public officials.

GRECO addresses several recommendations to the “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to improve the capacity to fight against corruption. They deal with issues, such as proceeds from corruption, public access to information, anti-corruption guidelines for central and local administration, reporting corruption and the registration of legal persons (companies). Measures taken by “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to implement these recommendations will be assessed in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the middle of 2007.