Serbia has fulfilled only one anti-corruption recommendation

The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), a Council of Europe body, reported on July 4 that Serbia had met to a satisfactory degree only one recommendation out of 24 in its latest progress report on preventing corruption at the top of the government and in law enforcement.

As for the remaining 23, Serbia has partially met ten and the rest not at all, GRECO says in a report on the fifth level of evaluating the degree of Serbia’s progress in stopping corruption.

Serbia fully met only recommendation 22 which pertains to creating a body responsible for noting and evaluating the value of gifts and significantly lowering the value of occasional gifts that police officers can sometimes accept and keep, the report says.

GRECO concluded that, where the top levels of executive government were concerned, certain progress had been achieved in the cooperation between bodies for fighting corruption and checking the property and incomes of senior officials.

GRECO said that Serbia did not, however, meet its recommendations pertaining to checking the integrity of government ministers, heads of offices and aides prior to their appointment, and no integrity plans and codes of conduct have been adopted yet. Also, information on the heads of offices and aides to the prime minister and ministers and their jurisdictions is not publicly available.

Corruption is widely perceived as pervasive in Serbia. In the Corruption Perception Index put together by Transparency International, Serbia ranks 38 in 2020, its lowest rank since 2012. House of Freedom rated Serbia 1 out of 4 for the effectiveness of safeguards against corruption, noting that while the number of arrests and prosecutions for corruption had risen in recent years, high-profile convictions were very rare in spite of reports involving the government members.  

They contend that the responsibility for prosecuting corruption cases has been passed among different public prosecutors, who usually considered that the police had supplied insufficient evidence in cases against government ministers.

(Vreme, 05.07.2024)

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