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News Flash - 13 December 2005

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

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 Croatia. The report has been made public with the agreement of the authorities of this country.

The Report indicates that Croatia has made considerable progress in the field of legislative and institutional reform. Detailed legal provisions dealing with the recovery of proceeds of corruption are in place, reform of the civil service is under way, and corporate criminal liability was introduced in 2004. However, the effectiveness of the existing legal framework could be increased and follow-up in terms of implementation is needed. It is recommended inter alia to provide for a wider use of confiscation of the proceeds of corruption, to strengthen co-operation of the bodies involved in the detection of corruption offences, and to modernise the system of registration of companies. Moreover the report addresses the need to assess the effectiveness of corruption prevention policies in public administration and to define clearly the legal framework within which public officials must exercise their functions.

Measures taken by Croatia to implement these recommendations will be assessed in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the end of 2007.