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INDEPENDENT
ANTI-CORRUPTION
AGENCY

International CooperationPrint

EPAC and EACN – the European Anti-Corruption Networks
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The Special Investigation Service (herein the STT) is the member of the European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC) and the European Union (EU) Contact-point Network Against Corruption (EACN).

Paris Declaration 2015 was signed by the heads and key representatives of the national police oversight bodies and anticorruption authorities of the Member States of the Council of Europe and the European Union at the 15th Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly of the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) held in France on 18-20 November 2015.

Police monitoring and anti-corruption bodies from 27 European countries take part in the EPAC activities. The aim of the EPAC is to strengthen cooperation while sharing experience in the spheres of fighting corruption and police monitoring. Activities of the EACN network established on the basis of the EAPC (EU Council Decision 2008/852/JHA) are focused on resolution of the issues related to fighting corruption in the EU member states and maintaining closer relations with the EU institutions.

The STT is the member of the EPAC action group for personnel exchange and anti-corruption standards (see Report) and the action group for finance in EPAC and EACN.

In 2007 the International Anti-Corruption Summer School (IACSS) was founded on initiative of the EPAC.

The newsletters of EAPC and other important documents could be found at http://www.epac.at under Documents.

European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

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The mission of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is to protect the financial interests of the European Union, fight against fraud, corruption and other illegal activity, as well as illegal practices of European institutions.

In 2006 and 2009 within the framework of the HERCULE programme on promoting the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities STT signed a contract with OLAF to get a grant and to purchase special equipment.

With a view to implementing efficiently its principal mission OLAF actively develops the anti-fraud information and communication policy that represents one of the main fraud and corruption prevention measures. For the purpose of implementing this policy The OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators Network (OAFCN) was established in 2001.

The aim of the Network is to develop the awareness of the European society and implement efficiently the programme against fraud and corruption over the territory of the European Union.

STT has been involved in the activities of OAFCN since 2002.

The Council of Europe's Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

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Lithuania became a member of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) on 3 May 1999 following Government Resolution No. 524 “On the Membership of the Republic of Lithuania in the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)”.
GRECO was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor States’ compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards.

GRECO’s objective is to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance with Council of Europe anti-corruption standards through a dynamic process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure. It helps to identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies, prompting the necessary legislative, institutional and practical reforms. GRECO also provides a platform for the sharing of best practice in the prevention and detection of corruption.

Currently, GRECO comprises 49 member States (48 European States and the United States of America).

Legal instruments

Council of Europe Conventions
Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 173)
Civil Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 174)
Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 191)

Committee of Ministers
Recommendation No. R (2003) 4 on common rules against corruption in the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns
Recommendation No. R (2000) 10 on codes of conduct for public officials, including a Model code of conduct for public officials (in appendix) -Explanatory Memorandum
Resolution (97) 24 on the twenty Guiding Principles for the fight against corruption

GRECO evaluation rounds in respect of Lithuania:

Fourth Evaluation Round has recently been started (from January 2012).

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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In implementing the Global Programme against Corruption (GPAC) the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) helps countries effectively implement the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other anti-corruption measures.

STT attends regular sessions and working groups of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (CAC/COSP) concerning:

  • monitoring the implementation of the Convention;
  • technical assistance;
  • asset recovery.

The United Nations Development Programme Bratislava Regional Centre (UNDP).

Anti-Corruption Practitioners Network (ACPN)

STT has been an official partner institution of the Anti-Corruption Practitioners Network (ACPN) since 2007.

The ACPN was founded by the United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Central/East Europe and CIS and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The website of the Network offers the opportunity to:

  • use information and documents posted on the website on anti-corruption matters;
  • find reports on international events;
  • find information about the anti-corruption sector and legislation of the partner countries;
  • join a forum for anti-corruption specialists and experts, exchange relevant information and get consultations.

Research Network of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ANCORAGE-NET)

STT has been an official partner of the Research Network of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ANCORAGE-NET) since 2006.

ANCORAGE-NET was established by the Lisbon Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

The website of the Network offers the opportunity to:

  • find information about anti-corruption authorities: activity, functions and structure;
  • obtain information about the anti-corruption sector by country;
  • find comparative analysis data on anti-corruption authorities;
  • use a database containing anti-corruption legislation, news, survey results, reports and research data by country.
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