Phase 4 of the monitoring process is launched

Publicated on: March 21, 2016

The OECD “Anti-Bribery Ministerial Meeting”, 16 March 2016, Paris

OECD plays a leading role in combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions. On 16 March, at their meeting in Paris, the 41 State Parties to the 1997 Anti-Bribery Convention and the key partner countries have reaffirmed their commitment to continued implementation of the Convention and called for robust enforcement of their anti-foreign bribery laws.

Since the date of entry into force of the Convention, three monitoring phases took place in order to evaluate the effective implementation of the Convention.

The most important event of the ministerial meeting was the adoption of a joint declaration by which the participating ministers also formally launched the fourth round of country evaluations.

At the meeting – where Hungary was represented by dr. László Felkai, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Affairs – there was a consensus regarding the most important tasks of the coming years, namely strengthening whistleblower protection and increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts. This goal can perhaps best be summarized by the message of Slovenian Justice Minister Goran Klemenčič: "There is a need for a coordinated international regulatory framework, where reporting illegal activities and voluntary self-referral disclosure provide more security than the concealment of abuse.”

András Hlács

OECD Anti-Bribery Ministerial Meeting 

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