New GRECO Report Evaluates Iceland’s Response Against Corruption In Politics

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In a report published yesterday by the Council of Europe, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) criticised Iceland for not making a big enough effort to fight corruption in politics.

In 2015, the same year the infamous Panama Papers were leaked to the public, GRECO had already called Iceland’s compliance with the ten recommendations contained in their Fourth Round Evaluation Report “globally unsatisfactory.”

About three years later, after the implementation of a new code of conduct for politicians and an anti-corruption steering group, GRECO still thinks that Icelandic governments have not taken enough responsibility to make a concrete impact on politicians’ behaviour. Specifically, the report stresses, the government needs to focus on managing conflicts of interest that might effectively hinder democracy, for instance “taking into account risks that assets be deliberately registered under someone else’s name (spouse, for instance).”

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