Strasbourg, 09.05.2012 – The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) today called on its member states to set up transparent systems for party and election campaign financing. In its annual report, GRECO, while acknowledging an increase in regulatory efforts by states, pointed to a number of shortcomings:
· The transparency of some sources of income of parties, such as donations in kind, party membership fees, loans or sponsorship are often neglected by the legislation
· Anonymous donations are still possible in some countries
· Legislation in many countries does not include local party bodies and other entities involved in election campaigns
· Financial information is often not published in an easily accessible and timely way
· A large number of states fail to have a truly independent supervisory body and in some states such a body does not exist or has limited functions
· Sanctions are often weak, not flexible enough, limited in scope or not applied.
With regard to bribery and trading in influence offences, GRECO finds a high degree of compliance with the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption. It stresses however that some states need to replace fragmented laws with comprehensive anti-corruption legislation. (more...)