Jus­tice Min­istry in­tro­duces author­ity to com­bat cor­rup­tion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - CYPRUS -

The Jus­tice Min­istry is set­ting in mo­tion the creation of an in­de­pen­dent author­ity to com­bat cor­rup­tion.

The min­istry has pre­pared a bill which will see the es­tab­lish­ment of a body con­sist­ing of a Trans­parency Com­mis­sioner and two as­sis­tants which are to be ap­pointed by the pres­i­dent and are to act in­de­pen­dently.

The de­vel­op­ment comes af­ter a rec­om­men­da­tion from The Coun­cil of Europe’s anti-cor­rup­tion body GRECO.

A Jus­tice Min­istry of­fi­cial told the Fi­nan­cial Mir­ror that the creation of such a body was also deemed nec­es­sary af­ter the lat­est scan­dals in­volv­ing high rank­ing civil ser­vants and po­lice of­fi­cers.

The pur­pose of the in­de­pen­dent author­ity is to un­der­take the nec­es­sary ini­tia­tives and ac­tions to en­sure the con­sis­tency and ef­fec­tive­ness of pub­lic ser­vices, the gen­eral pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tor, on the preven­tion and fight against cor­rup­tion as rec­om­mended by GRECO.

It will also be des­ig­nated to be the Com­pe­tent Author­ity to co­or­di­nate the fight against fraud, cor­rup­tion and any other il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity af­fect­ing the fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests of the EU and will be co­op­er­at­ing with the Euro­pean Anti-Fraud Of­fice and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, bod­ies and de­part­ments of the EU. Fur­ther­more, it will have the author­ity to co­or­di­nate, su­per­vise and eval­u­ate the ac­tions of state, wider pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor agen­cies re­gard­ing the preven­tion and sup­pres­sion of cor­rup­tion.

At the same time, it will carry out stud­ies, is­sue cir­cu­lars to the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties, and take mea­sures within its re­mit to en­sure its mis­sion and pub­lish ar­ti­cles for in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pur­poses. The author­ity will also be in charge of pro­duc­ing cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

It will have the author­ity to act and in­ves­ti­gate cases in­de­pen­dently, but also on the com­mand of the cab­i­net.

The Author­ity and its staff will nei­ther seek nor take in­struc­tions from the govern­ment or any bod­ies, au­thor­i­ties or any other per­son, while car­ry­ing out their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Greco, Cyprus has sat­is­fac­to­rily im­ple­mented only two of the 16 rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in an eval­u­a­tion re­port. Of the re­main­ing rec­om­men­da­tions, eight have been partly im­ple­mented and six have not been im­ple­mented, a com­pli­ance re­port pub­lished on Thurs­day said. It is call­ing for more trans­parency on how judges in Cyprus are ap­pointed while a more strin­gent code of con­duct for MPs is needed.

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