Strasbourg, 18.07.2013 - In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) found that the Dutch system for the prevention of corruption in respect of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors was fairly effective. Relying to a large degree on mutual trust, openness and public scrutiny, the system is reactive in uncovering and sanctioning misconduct.
GRECO welcomed the efforts of the judicial institutions to maintain a high level of public trust through the comprehensive integrity programme which is currently being carried out. It pointed out a limited number of areas deserving more attention, such as the particular position of substitute judges who need to benefit from appropriate guidance on possible conflicts of interest.
GRECO also praised the thorough and balanced approach adopted by the prosecution service in enhancing the integrity of its members and preventing misconduct, through the creation of a safe climate for an on-going discussion on integrity challenges and a swift reaction in case misconduct does occur. (more...)
Netherlands and the Council of Europe