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News Flash - 16 May 2006

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

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 Hungary. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Hungarian authorities.

The Report indicates that Hungary has undertaken in the last few years substantial steps to prevent and combat corruption; these efforts must be sustained and adequately conveyed to the population. Detailed legal provisions dealing with the recovery of proceeds of corruption are in place, a comprehensive legislative package to provide for greater transparency of public administration has been developed, and corporate criminal liability was introduced in 2004. The main challenge will be to take all the necessary measures to implement the legal and regulatory framework effectively. Further improvements are recommended inter alia with respect to the adoption of uniform ethical rules for public officials, the introduction of a comprehensive Action Plan against Corruption, and the provision of targeted guidance for public officials on their obligation to report suspicions of corruption. GRECO also called for a strengthened control of the register of companies and a more active role of lawyers, accountants and auditors in detecting and revealing suspicions of corruption.

Measures taken by Hungary to implement GRECO’s recommendations will be assessed in the context of a specific compliance procedure, towards the end of 2007.