International Organizations

Last updated: 2023-07-18 08:44

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone\'s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries\' school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries\' pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people\'s lives. We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). We have active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. Along the way, we also set out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.

Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (OECD ACN)

The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) is a regional outreach programme of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

The ACN is open to countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The main counterparts are the national governments and anti-corruption authorities of the participating countries. Civil society, business sector, international organisations and international financial institutions, as well as other countries take an active part in the ACN.

The ACN was established in 1998. Its main objective is to support its member countries in their efforts to prevent and fight corruption. It provides a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination. The ACN operates through general meetings and conferences, sub-regional initiatives and thematic projects.

EPAC and EACN – the European Anti-Corruption Networks

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.

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)

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)

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).