The Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Justice of Croatia are organising an international conference on 15 and 16 October in Šibenik (Croatia) to discuss ways to strengthen transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors in order to combat corruption.
Held under the theme “Strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure integrity: united against corruption”, the conference also aims to promote national anti-corruption mechanisms and public transparency. Other topics on the agenda are the role of free media to promote transparency and integrity, and to fight corruption; the ethical responsibilities of journalists; and the risk that states may face when captured by corruption.
The conference will bring together over 250 senior policy makers and experts from different regions of the world– including some 15 ministers of Justice and several Attorney and Prosecutor Generals.
Speakers at the opening include Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Dražen Bošnjaković, Minister of Justice of Croatia, and Marin Mrčela, President of GRECO and Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Croatia.
On the second day of the conference, a Declaration launching an international network of national anti-corruption bodies will be opened for signature. This network, sponsored by the Croatian, French and Italian anti-corruption authorities, will promote the systematic collection, management and exchange of information, intelligence and good practices between national authorities tasked with preventing and fighting corruption.
- The conference, which is open to media, will start at 9.30 am on 15 October;
- A live webcast will be available on the conference website
- Media accreditation requests should be sent to email@example.com.
Council of Europe:
Jaime Rodriguez, Spokesperson/Media officer, Tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04 ; Mob. +33 6 89 99 50 42
Ministry of Justice of Croatia:
Zrinka Oreb, Spokesperson, Tel. + 385 99 8 07 07 34