GRECO members supported Lithuania’s report - praising our country’s anti-corruption environment

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2022 01 03

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The Lithuanian delegation, headed by Vice-Minister of Justice Elanas Jablonskas, participated this week in the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe, in the discussion of Lithuania’s report under the fifth phase of the evaluation “Preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies”. 

According to E. Jablonskas, the GRECO evaluators particularly praised Lithuania’s legal environment in the area of anti-corruption, the complexity and comprehensiveness of the rules.

“Lithuania, in its efforts to create an environment where corruption has no place, particularly appreciates the insights provided by GRECO experts and the Member States, which help to identify shortcomings in national anti-corruption measures and encourage the necessary legal, institutional and practical reforms, while the discussion on the draft report has helped us to better understand and assess the existing national anti-corruption legislation and internal rules. The recommendations made in the GRECO report will not only contribute to the prevention of corruption, but also to the improvement of the control system in Lithuania,” emphasizes E. Jablonskas.

In the plenary meeting, after discussions between the representatives of Lithuania and GRECO members and the GRECO-appointed Lithuanian evaluators on the draft of the Lithuania’s report, the GRECO members endorsed the report. Specific recommendations are made, the implementation of which will encourage the necessary legal, institutional and practical reforms, while contributing to the improvement of the existing corruption prevention and control system in Lithuania.

With the approval of the Government, the report will be made public on the GRECO website. 

GRECO started assessing Lithuania under the fifth phase of the evaluation in 2020. During this phase, the experts evaluated the effectiveness of the system in place in Lithuania in preventing corruption among the persons entrusted with the highest functions of the central government (the President of the Republic, ministers, and politically trusted civil servants), as well as the resilience to corruption of the Lithuanian police and the officials of the State Border Guard Service. 

GRECO assessed the principles and norms of conduct in force in these institutions, conflicts of interest, the restriction and prohibition of certain activities, the declaration of assets, income, liabilities and interests, the implementation of rules on conflicts of interest, and political awareness. 

The plenary session of GRECO in Strasbourg was also attended by representatives of the Presidency of the Republic of Lithuania, the Chancellery of the Government, the Ministry of the Interior, the Chief Official Ethics Commission, the Special Investigation Service, the Lithuanian Police, the State Border Guard Service and the National Audit Office.

GRECO aims to improve the capacity of its member countries to fight corruption by monitoring their implementation of  anti-corruption standards the Council of Europe. The organisation helps to identify weaknesses in national anti-corruption measures and promotes change.

The national assessments are carried out by a group of experts drawn from a list of experts proposed by the Member States. The evaluation includes the completion of a questionnaire in a form approved by GRECO, a visit by GRECO experts to the country being evaluated, and the examination of the resulting report at a GRECO plenary meeting, at which all Member States are present and provide their comments. 

GRECO also monitors the implementation of the recommendations made to the country under evaluation.

GRECO was established by the Council of Europe in 1999 and currently has 49 member countries. 
Lithuania joined GRECO on 3 May 1999.