13-12-2023

Augustas Ručinskas: Lithuania has made significant progress over the past decade in strengthening its legal and political anti-corruption framework

Augustas Ručinskas, Head of the Government Delegation, Chancellor of the Ministry of Justice, emphasised in his speech at the 10th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (USA), that the interaction between international assessment and national legal frameworks is crucial to ensure the effectiveness of the international fight against corruption and the strengthening of national justice systems.

The Conference session of the Parties to the Convention focuses on the issues of reviewing the implementation of the Convention, asset recovery, international cooperation, prevention and technical assistance. The 10th Session of the Conference will, inter alia, consider the Atlanta Declaration and other resolutions of the Parties to the Convention.

Augustas Ručinskas stressed during the Conference that Lithuania has made significant progress in strengthening its legal and political anti-corruption framework over the last decade. He noted that Lithuania supports and respects the efforts of the international community in combating corruption, as only close cooperation between states can fortify justice more effectively.

“The interaction between international independent assessment and national legal frameworks is crucial. The international independent assessment of anti-corruption and justice building measures plays a crucial role in the continuous improvement of the legal system of each country. Such assessments not only allow to double-check our efforts, but also provide feedback for improvements,” stressed Mr Ručinskas.

The Chancellor of the Ministry of Justice noted the efforts and progress made by Ukraine in implementing reforms towards democracy and European integration, and urged Lithuania and other countries to support Ukraine's efforts to strengthen the foundations of the rule of law.

Mr Linas Pernavas, Director of the Special Investigation Service, Mr Elanas Jablonskas, Deputy Director of the Special Investigation Service, Ms Margarita Dobrynina, Head of the Strategic Analysis Division of the Special Investigation Service, Mr Darius Mickevičius, Head of the International Cooperation Division of the Special Investigation Service, and Ms Ilona Tamelė, Senior Adviser of the Corruption Prevention and Internal Investigation Division of the Ministry of Justice, also took part in the 10th Session of the Conference.

The 10th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption took place on 11–15 December 2023 in Atlanta, United States of America.

The Conference of the States Parties is the main policy-making body of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. It supports the implementation of the Convention and the enhancement of cooperation among States in achieving the objectives of the Convention, as well as gives policy guidance to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in developing and implementing anti-corruption activities.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption, adopted by the General Assembly in 2003, is a legally binding global anti-corruption instrument that brings together 190 States parties.