On 19 November 2021, the Action against Corruption in the Republic of Moldova organised its final Steering Committee (SC) meeting and the Closing Event on an online platform which gathered representatives from beneficiary institutions, SC members, partners and civil society. Implemented over a year and a half, the project delivered assistance in the legislative, policy and institutional areas concerning pending recommendations from the Fourth Evaluation Round of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).
The Action against Corruption was implemented in line with the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova (2021-2024). As a result, 22 activities, involving 327 participants were successfully implemented.
Corruption in the Republic of Moldova remains one of the main issues in public service performance. To address gaps in the legislative and regulatory framework, seven legislative and institutional framework reviews and ten capacity building activities linked to the integrity of public officials and ways to implement GRECO recommendations on corruption prevention in respect to judges and prosecutors (roundtables, workshops, and trainings) were provided to the project beneficiaries.
During the Steering Committee meeting, the project team informed the SC members about project activities and expected results achieved during the last 6 months of project implementation. Representatives of the beneficiary institutions shared their feedback on project’s progress and achievements. The Closing Event, which followed immediately after the SC meeting, served as an opportunity to present the overall project achievements attained during 2020-2021, encountered challenges as well as information on budget implementation.
Representatives of the beneficiary institutions, such as the National Integrity Authority, Superior Council of Prosecutors, General Prosecution Office and the National Institute of Justice highly appreciated the project’s impact over their institutional capacity building and reiterated their commitment to further build on the provided support.
The Action against Corruption in the Republic of Moldova was funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Department of State and implemented by the Council of Europe.