GRECO publishes report on fight against corruption in Ukraine

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Nov. 18, 2011, 12:32 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) has released a report as a result of third round of the evaluation of Ukraine in the area of the criminalization of corruption and transparency in financing political parties and election campaigns, the Justice Ministry's press service reported. The text of the report was posted on the Web site of the ministry on Thursday.

The report was prepared following a visit of a GRECO Evaluation Team to Ukraine in April 2011 and adopted at the 52nd plenary meeting of the GRECO states in October 2011.

The report noted positive steps taken by Ukraine to establish criminal liability for corrupt actions, the introduction of liability for bribery, trading in influence, and other corrupt actions. At the same time, GRECO pointed to the need to continue work on these issues, the press release reads.

According to GRECO experts, Ukraine was given seven recommendations in the area of the criminalization of corruption in accordance with the requirements of the Council of Europe's Criminal Law Convention against Corruption, its Additional Protocol and Guiding Principle 2 (criminalization of corruption).

In addition, nine recommendations were given in the area of the transparency of financing political parties and election campaigns.

GRECO invited the Ukrainian authorities to present a report on the implementation of its recommendations by April 30 2013.

Ukraine joined GRECO in 2006. GRECO adopted the joint first and second round evaluation report on Ukraine at its 32nd plenary meeting in March 2007.

GRECO's current third evaluation round was launched on January 1,2007.
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