Greece Warned to Improve Anti-Corruption Drive

Greece is falling behind on efforts to stamp out corruption.

This was the conclusion of two reports issued Thursday by the Council of Europe (CoE)’s anti-corruption watchdog, GRECO.

One report on corruption prevention in parliament and the judiciary said only six out of 19 recommendations had been met.

Although it praised Greece for introducing a code of conduct for parliamentarians, it also called for more “increased transparency and a broadened scope for declaration of [lawmakers’] assets”.

A separate CoE report also claimed Greece had gone backward regarding anonymous donations to its political parties.

It claimed that after two years of banning anonymous donations completely, Greece had “reintroduced” a level of secrecy. “Concurrently, so-called fund-raising seems to allow for anonymous donations,” the body added.

The GRECO report arrives as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras re-shuffled his cabinet after two ministers quit over financial impropriety.

A major investigation into a case of purported bribe taking connected with the Novartis pharmaceutical giant is also ongoing.