The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) recommends that the composition of the Judicial Council be changed to limit political influence. In a new report it also calls for a reappraisal of the workload, internal procedures and resources of the court to improve and streamline its operation. Transparency and accessibility of public information on judicial activity must also be stepped up.
More can also be done regarding judicial accountability, including by developing a comprehensive approach to judicial integrity and better regulation of disciplinary action to improve its objectivity, proportionality and effectiveness. GRECO also called for ensuring consistency, objectivity, transparency and fairness of case allocation, including by strengthening assignment criteria.
The report also looks at corruption prevention mechanisms in the Great and General Council and recommends the adoption of a code of conduct for parliamentarians, as well as the introduction of a system of public declaration of assets and interests. The implementation of the 14 recommendations addressed to San Marino will be assessed by GRECO through its compliance procedure, during the second semester of 2022.
The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) is a Council of Europe body that aims to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance with anti-corruption standards. It helps states to identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies, prompting the necessary legislative, institutional and practical reforms. Currently it comprises the 47 Council of Europe member states, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the United States of America.