TheCouncil of Europe’s anti-graft body warned on Tuesday that the outbreak of COVID-19 “increases corruption risks,” and issuedguidelines for its 50 member states where to expect fraud, bribery or conflicts of interest.
The European Parliament accused the prime minister of the Czech Republic of hate speech on Friday after he called EU lawmakers who led a corruption investigation against him “insane.”
Monaco has not done much in response to recommendations from the Council of Europe’s (COE) anti-corruption body (GRECO) on how to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, according to GRECO’s latestreport, published Monday.
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body,GRECO, said on Wednesday that Austria should show more ambition in implementing its recommendations on measures to prevent corruption in the parliament and the judiciary.
The Council of Europe’s legal advisors criticized last week Romania’s 2018 judicial reform saying it does not contribute to the fight against high-level corruption but may even be an obstacle.
Switzerland improved its anti-corruption measures over the past few years but still has to work on the political independence of judges, the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) said on Thursday.
Corruption and torture are decisively linked, and members of the Council of Europe need to move swiftly and effectively to “eradicate these threats to democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” the organization said last week.
The Council of Europe (CoE) has called for the United Kingdom to be more proactive in the country’s fight against government corruption, the organization’s anti-corruption unit GRECO said in a statement Thursday. It also released an evaluation report on preventing corruption in top UK government offices and within law enforcement agencies.
Romania’s recent reforms on criminal procedure and legislative processes lack transparency and the ability to keep corruption in check, said a report from the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body, released on Wednesday.
Poland last year passed amendments to its judiciary that fail to comply with anti-corruption standards and allow politics to influence the justice system, the Council of Europe reported on Thursday.