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News Flash - 17 November 2006

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) publishes report on Moldova

The Council of Europeís Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Second Round Evaluation Report on Moldova. The report has been made public with the agreement of the Moldovan authorities.

GRECOís Second Evaluation Round focuses on measures taken to deprive criminals of the benefits of their corrupt acts, to counter corruption in public administration and to prevent companies being used to shield corruption.

Numerous commendable efforts have already been made in Moldova, in particular to make the administration more efficient and transparent. However much remains to be done. GRECO therefore addresses 15 recommendations and several observations to the Moldovan authorities to further improve existing anti-corruption policies and laws. GRECO stresses, amongst others, that the implementation of the Moldovan strategy for administrative reform should be a matter of priority. Other recommendations deal with improving citizens' access to information, situations in which public officials' private  interests conflict with their professional interests and rules requiring persons employed in the public sector to report instances of corruption and to provide for adequate protection of those who do so. GRECO furthermore calls upon Moldova to take the links between organised crime, corruption and money laundering into account and to revise and harmonise criminal legislation to enable adequate confiscation of the profits of corruption. Finally, in the area of company legislation, GRECO stresses the need to introduce provisions which would make it possible to hold companies liable for corruption offences and to provide for appropriate sanctions in such cases; further measures also need to be taken to ensure that bribes are not tax-deductible in practice.

Measures taken by Moldova to implement GRECO's recommendations will be assessed by GRECO in the context of a specific compliance procedure in the second half of 2008.