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[Strasbourg, 13/06/08] The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Third Round Evaluation Report on Slovenia. The report, which was adopted on 7 December 2007, has been made public following the agreement of the authorities. It focuses on two distinct themes: criminalisation of corruption and transparency of party funding.
Regarding the criminalisation of corruption [theme I], GRECO acknowledges the efforts undertaken by the authorities – through amendments to the Criminal Code - to align Slovenian legislation with the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS 173) and its Additional Protocol (ETS 191). GRECO, however, notes that further steps are required to ensure, inter alia, that bribery for acts not falling strictly within an official’s statutory duties are covered and that Slovenian courts have nationality jurisdiction over bribery and trading in influence offences committed outside Slovenia by Slovenian citizens, even in those instances where the criminal act concerned is not punishable under the law of the foreign country where the act was committed. Moreover, Slovenia should be more proactive in detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption cases.
Concerning transparency of party funding [theme II], GRECO notes that although the Slovenian legislation is, on paper, of a good standard, in practice the picture is less convincing. Political parties and other election campaign organisers appear to be able to circumvent existing legal provisions without great difficulty and are not penalised in any way – neither by the electorate nor by the competent supervisory body. GRECO therefore concludes that the Slovenian authorities should ensure, as a matter of priority, that effective independent supervision is in place and that party and campaign finance rules are adequately enforced.
The report as a whole addresses 19 recommendations to Slovenia. GRECO will assess the implementation of these recommendations towards the end of 2009, through its specific compliance procedure.