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.
Latvia is falling behind in efforts to prevent corruption in government agencies and courts, according to a report published Monday by the Group of States Against Corruption, a Council of Europe organization.
Citing money-laundering scandals such as the ‘Global Laundromat,’ the ‘Azerbaijani Laundromat’ and the ‘Troika Laundromat’ the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has urged swift and substantial action to strengthen anti-money laundering provisions and improve international cooperation in the fight against such ‘laundromats.’
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.
Despite a robust legal framework and a wide range of national anti-corruption mechanisms, authorities in Albania have not effectively cracked down on money laundering, the Council of Europe said in a report published Monday.
In light of recent high-profile scandals at several European banks, the European Council vowedon Tuesday to take further measures against money laundering and terrorist financing in an ongoing effort to crack down on financial fraud.
The Council of Europe (CoE) has urged Ukraine on Thursday to step up its efforts to stop human trafficking even while some progress has been made. The country needs to pay more attention to the trafficking of children and refugees, it said.
Thirteen members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have been thrown out of the organization for accepting gifts and bribes from the Azerbaijani government while a 14th can continue to serve, according to a report released by theRules of Procedure Committee on Friday.
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.
Members of the Council of Europe, CoE, have demanded sanctions against colleagues who have been accused of taking bribes from Azerbaijan to silence discussion on the country’s human rights record, the New York Times reported Sunday.
An independent investigation found that some current and former members of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) may have been bribed to soften the body’s criticism of the serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, a report published on Sunday said.
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.
The Council of Europe has told Greece to improve anti-graft efforts in the legislative and judicial branches and to enhance transparency of party financing, according to two reports released Thursday.
Days before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was to debate a motion for his dismissal, the body’s president, Pedro Agramunt resigned, tweeting “personal reasons” as the motive.
The Council of Europe launched an investigation on Tuesday into allegations that some of its members accepted bribes from Azerbaijan in exchange for favors, the BBC reported.
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