GRECO (Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption) has adopted the second compliance report for Monaco within the framework of the fourth cycle relating to the prevention of corruption of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, in the presence of a delegation from Monaco.

With this report, GRECO puts an end to the Principality’s compliance procedure for this stage, which began in 2016.

GRECO concluded that Monaco “has implemented satisfactorily or satisfactorily addressed twelve of the sixteen recommendations contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation”, four recommendations remaining partially implemented.

GRECO noted, with regard to the National Council, “significant progress aimed at strengthened integrity measures” and in particular the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of the General Meeting and the Code of Ethics for National Councillors, as well as the increased transparency of the legislative process.

With regard to magistrates, GRECO noted “the adoption of a Compendium of ethical principles and ethics of magistrates, as well as the legislation organising the Supreme Court and the adoption of the Code of Ethics for its members” as well as “the new law that reinforces the position of the High Council of the Judiciary as guarantor of judicial independence and the application of the status of magistrates, alongside the Secretary of State for Justice”.

In response to this positive evaluation, the Prince’s Government said it commends the work accomplished by the National Council and the Directorate of Judicial Services that has Monaco to close GRECO’s fourth round of evaluations.

Created in 1999 by the Council of Europe to ensure compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards, GRECO aims to improve the capacity of its members to fight against corruption by ensuring, through a process of mutual evaluation that they comply with Council of Europe anti-corruption standards.

GRECO is also a forum for the sharing of best practices in the prevention and detection of corruption.

Editor’s note: This report relates only to GRECO, which concerns itself with the issue of corruption. The MONEYVAL process continues separately. The press statement has been shortened for reasons of clarity.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service