The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) publishes today its fifth-round evaluation report on Luxembourg. The main focus of this round is preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies.
GRECO points out that Luxembourg traditionally scores highly in international perception surveys on corruption, and cases of minor corruption or bribery seem virtually non-existent in the country. On the other hand, GRECO criticises the more reactive than proactive approach to other forms of corruption in the broader sense, such as exchanges of services or favouritism. There is no general or sectoral strategy for preventing and combating corruption, or any codes of ethics applicable to officials or members of the Grand Ducal Police. Likewise, while there are a number of good practices relating to access to information held by the government, Luxembourg has not yet introduced a general right of access to administrative documents. GRECO recommends that these gaps should be filled.