Strasbourg, 28.03.2013 – Due to its unique circumstances, Iceland faces particular challenges in preventing corruption among its key institutions. Significant improvements have been made recently, notably since the collapse of the banking system, but there is still work to be done.
These are the main findings of an evaluation report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), which focuses on anti-corruption measures among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors.
The report noted that Iceland’s small population size and remote location mean that interlinked personal and professional relationships can give rise to conflicts of interest. It also highlighted the ongoing re-appraisal of the informal checks and balances in Icelandic society and the concepts of transparency and corruption following the banking collapse in 2008. (more...)
Iceland and the Council of Europe