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 first round (2004) monitored the existence and content of the policies and laws necessary for the implementation of the international agreement.
  • The second (2007) evaluated the practical deployment implementation of the requirements specified in the Convention.
  • The third phase (2012) put the emphasis on the examination of the anti-corruption regulatory environment.
  • During the evaluations – thus in the last round, too – Hungary received good feedbacks.

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