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  • On 5 October 2009 a high-lever conference was held at the Council of Europe seat on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the creation of Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

    At the invitation of the CoE Secretariat, Minister Julia Pitera took part in the conference and delivered a speech on the financing of the presidential campaigns in Poland. Ministers of Justice of Armenia, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey participated in the event as well. During the meeting the hitherto achievements of GRECO were recapitulated. Discussions also touched upon the future challenges facing the Group and the cooperation with other international organisations and non-governmental institutions involved in the fight against corruption (i.a. UNODC, OLAF, Transparency International). 

    GRECO was established in 1999 by virtue of Resolution no. (99)5 of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE. Among the goals of the Council of Europe is the fight against corruption through the setting of standards preventing this phenomenon and through the supervision and assistance to States and regions in the implementation of these standards. A number of instruments have been elaborated in this framework that aim at prevention of the corruption in both public and private sectors, prosecution, damage repair and control of the public spending, also as far as the financing of the political parties is concerned. The aim of all these activities is to help States in their fight against corruption. The monitoring of the implementation has been entrusted to GRECO. The Group of States against Corruption cooperates and complements efforts undertaken by Member States to fight and prevent corruption. The Membership in GRECO is open to all CoE Member States. At present, 45 out of 47 CoE Member States (the only exception being San Marino and Liechtenstein) and the US belong to GRECO.

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