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News Flash - 24 May 2006

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

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 Portugal (link to report). The report is made public with the agreement of the Portuguese authorities.

The Report indicates that Portugal has at its disposal well designed tools for fighting corruption. It has adopted a detailed legislative framework with extended powers for the seizure and confiscation of proceeds of corruption and other types of crime and has established specialised services for their implementation. A greater harmonisation of the legislation, followed by appropriate training, a better management of seized assets and the strengthening of financial investigations should facilitate the recovering of these proceeds. Public administrations are committed to ensuring the honesty and competence of their officials. Still, they need a more structured preventive strategy and an integrated approach to corruption risks in different departments. Improvements need to be made to the existing regime on conflicts of interest, including the improper migration of public officials to the private sector. Finally, GRECO recommended to establish an adequate mechanism of control and liability of legal persons as well as to make the provisions on professional disqualifications better known so as to prevent, in particular, persons convicted for corruption from managing commercial companies.

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