BiH has not fully implemented any of the 23 recommendations issued by GRECO

BiH has not fully implemented any of the 23 recommendations issued by GRECO

STRASBOURG/SARAJEVO, April 15 (FENA) – As of 31 December 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina had not fully implemented any of the 23 recommendations that GRECO issued. Sixteen recommendations had been partly implemented and 7 recommendations had not been implemented, the Council of Europe announced today, citing the annual  GRECO report, of the organization’s anti-corruption body.

As of 31 December 2020, 16 countries were subject to GRECO´s non-compliance procedure due to their low level of compliance of GRECO´s recommendations in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. In March 2021 GRECO decided to stop applying this non-compliance procedure to Portugal, and to start applying it to Belgium.

Bosnia and Herzegovina was the only country that had not yet fully implemented one single GRECO recommendation. Countries with very low proportions of fully implemented recommendations were Austria (5%), Turkey (6.5%), Portugal 6.7%), Czech Republic (7%), Ukraine (12%), Belgium (16%), Monaco (16%), Spain (18%), the Republic of Moldova (22%), Andorra (23%) and Serbia (23.5%).

Turkey was the country with the highest number of non-implemented recommendations (23), followed by Austria (14), Ukraine (11), Hungary (9), Monaco (9), Poland (9), Andorra (7), Bosnia and Herzegovina (7) and the Czech Republic (7).

Ukraine was the country with the highest number of non-implemented or only partially implemented recommendations (36) followed by Turkey (29), Bosnia and Herzegovina (23), Monaco (21), Austria (19), Belgium (16) and Armenia (15).

MPs

Sixteen countries – Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey – had not yet fully implemented one single GRECO recommendation in respect of MPs. Countries very low proportions of fully implemented recommendations in respect of MPs were Ukraine (8.3%), Belgium (12.5%), Hungary (14%%) and Armenia (14%).

Judges

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Portugal and Switzerland had not yet fully complied with any recommendation in respect of judges. Other countries which had fully complied with a small proportion of recommendations in respect of judges were Turkey (8.3%), Austria (11.1%), Belgium (14.3%), Serbia (16.7%) and Greece (16.7%).

Prosecutors

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg and Spain were the only countries not yet to have fully implemented one single GRECO recommendation in respect of prosecutors. Countries very low proportions of fully implemented recommendations in respect of prosecutors were Ukraine (6.7%), Turkey (8.3%), Serbia (16.7%), Monaco (20%), Republic of Moldova (20%), Hungary (20%) and the Czech Republic (20%).