Council of Europe anti-corruption group calls on states to strengthen corruption prevention concerning parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors
Strasbourg, 13.06.2013 – In its annual report published today, the Council of Europe´s anti-corruption group (GRECO) calls on European states to bolster the legal and institutional capacity of their parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors in order to prevent and unequivocally address corruption in their own ranks.
GRECO concludes that these three professional groups need to better integrate corruption prevention in their daily jobs and be proactive in developing precise and transparent codes of conduct reinforced by credible mechanisms of supervision and sanction.
“Corruption cases involving parliamentarians, judges or prosecutors have a devastating effect on the trust citizens have in their democratic institutions. Citizens depend on these professionals to tackle corruption wherever it exists and so they must also lead by example. If corrupt behaviour is tolerated within their own ranks, its corrosive effects spread like a disease”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.
Statement of the Secretary General on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament
Strasbourg, 30 May 2013: Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, made the following statement on the vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament: "I take note of today's vote of confidence in the Moldovan Parliament for the Government of Prime Minister Leanca.
I hope the formation of the new Government will bring Moldova the much needed stability and I trust that it is determined to move forward with the reforms, delivering on the promises to build up a state based on the rule of law and respect for the democratic processes and values.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Strasbourg, 16.05.2013 – On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Secretary General Jagland called on Member States to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Hate crime motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity is a violation of basic human rights. Europeans must safeguard the right to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Some member states still lack laws to explicitly or implicitly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. I encourage them to work with the Council of Europe to make progress so that Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender persons can fully enjoy their human rights,” Secretary General Jagland said.