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GRECO: “Moldova does not want to fight corruption”

Moldova did not pass the EU anti-corruption exam, receiving the grade "unsatisfactory"

On the eve of the presidential elections in Moldova, the Council of Europe published a report on this country, which clearly states: Moldova did not pass the exam for the title of a European country, during the years of independence the mafia could not be defeated, corruption is flourishing, and no one has stolen a billion from the Moldovan banking system looking for.

International Organization GRECO (Group of States against Corruption)established by the Council of Europe in 1999 to help European countries in the fight against corruption, on September 25 at the 85th plenary meeting of the Council of Europe adopted its Second Report on Moldova. Report published was on October 12 with the permission of the authorities of the Republic of Moldova.

The content of the document is disappointing for Chisinau: experts GRECO 20 pages of the report prove that there is no progress in the country in the implementation of reforms, "Aimed at preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors"... Although the country received recommendations on the fight against corruption from the Council of Europe back in 2018. There were 18 such recommendations, but two years later, only one of them was considered implemented by European experts, nine - partially implemented, and four - unfulfilled. What, according to experts GRECO, is “clearly insufficient” and there is no need to speak of any progress in the fight against corruption.

In the Council of Europe, assessing the implementation of European recommendations by Chisinau, they do not take into account the "valid" reasons - these two years in Moldova, one political crisis was replaced by another, the governments changed every six months, where is the implementation of the recommendations.

However, the document expresses great concern about "Failure to provide an adequate time frame for meaningful public consultation and parliamentary debate"... And there is no code of conduct for people's deputies in the country, as well as rules for resolving conflicts of interest, there are no rules of conduct with lobbyists and third parties in the Moldovan parliament, and clear criteria for abolishing parliamentary immunity are not adopted.

In the judicial system, for almost thirty years of independence, general, understandable and predictable rules for the appointment and promotion of judges have not been adopted. Experts GRECO consider that the five-year probationary period for judges is too much and should be canceled. But measures that would increase the transparency of judicial proceedings, including the adoption of decisions and decisions, should be developed and adopted.

“The composition of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (SCM) is also to be revised in order to cancel the membership ex officio of the Minister of Justice and the Prosecutor General. In addition, it is necessary to ensure the election of both judges and ordinary members of the Council in accordance with a fair and transparent procedure, ”

- give in GRECO new recommendations. Although they immediately admit that the old ones have not been fulfilled.

As a result, experts Group of States against Corruption conclude: "... the level of implementation by the Republic of Moldova of the Council of Europe recommendations remains generally unsatisfactory"...

The Moldovan authorities are given another chance: to implement all the previously mentioned recommendations by September 30, 2021 and submit a new report to the Council of Europe.

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