OGE expert presents on ethics standards and anti-corruption norms at international peer review mechanism

OGE’s Deputy Director for Compliance, Joseph Gangloff, will formally present a draft compliance report at the Council of Europe’s 61st plenary meeting of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), October 14-18, 2013. The report focuses on the framework used by the Slovak Republic for ensuring the integrity of its Members of Parliament, judges, and prosecutors. It includes an assessment of the design and implementation of rules, regulations, and systems relating to ethical principles, conflicts of interest, and asset declaration on the part of public officials.

As part of a small team of experts, Mr. Gangloff reviewed the Slovak Republic’s extensive reply to an established questionnaire and examined and assessed all pertinent legislation and regulations. Mr. Gangloff and the review team interviewed more than fifty Slovak officials in the parliament, judiciary, and chief prosecutor’s office, as well as representatives of the media and non-government organizations (NGOs). Following the on-site visit, the team drafted and submitted to GRECO a comprehensive report which will be rigorously debated, modified as necessary, and adopted at GREOC’s October meeting. The evaluation report will include recommendations which require action within 18 months and a follow up assessment.

Mr. Gangloff was nominated by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Justice and selected as an expert reviewer by the GRECO Secretariat based upon his expertise in public administration, anti-corruption, and good governance. Mr. Gangloff has participated in each GRECO round of review and was a negotiator of the instruments underlying the process.

GRECO’s objective is to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance with the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption standards through a dynamic process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure. It helps to identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies, and to prompt the necessary legislative, institutional, and practical reforms. GRECO also provides a platform for the sharing of best practice in the prevention and detection of corruption.

GRECO will review the U.S. systems for integrity of members of congress, judges, and prosecutors beginning in 2014 or 2015. The U.S. has been a member in GRECO, which is not limited to Council of Europe member states, since 2000.

To learn more about GRECO visit http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/greco/default_en.asp