At the end of paragraph 1, after the word “democracy” add “and essential in ensuring the protection of human rights”.
In paragraph 2, replace the words “many European democracies” with “all European democracies”.
In paragraph 5, after the first sentence, insert the following sentence:
“The Assembly reiterates its invitation to all member States to review and strengthen their legislation concerning the fight against corruption, ensuring that all acts of corruption are incriminated in accordance with the standards developed by relevant international instruments and monitoring bodies.”
In paragraph 5, after the words “Resolution 97 (24) on the twenty guiding principles for the fight against corruption” add “, recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)”.
After paragraph 6.1, insert the following paragraph:
“signing or ratifying without delay, if they have not yet done so, the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 173 ), its additional protocol (ETS No. 191 ) and the Civil Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 174 );”
At the end of paragraph 6.2, add the following words:
“without further delay, especially those emanating from GRECO’s Fourth Evaluation Round, which focused, inter alia, on the prevention of corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors”
After paragraph 6.4, insert the following paragraph:
“continuing to improve the protection of whistle-blowers in law and practice;”
At the end of paragraph 8.1, add the following words:
“, in line with Recommendation No. R (2000) 10 of the Committee of Ministers on codes of conduct for public officials”
At the beginning of paragraph 11, insert the following sentences:
“The Assembly welcomes the inclusion of the fight against corruption, including its intention to participate in GRECO in the long term, amongst the European Union’s priorities for co-operation with the Council of Europe in 2016-2017. The Assembly further welcomes the publication by the European Ombudsman of practical recommendations for public officials’ interaction with interest representatives (representatives of interest groups), as well as the European Parliament resolution of 16 May 2017 (2016/2097(INI) ), which called for the European Union to advance its application for membership of GRECO as soon as possible.”
After paragraph 4, add the following paragraph:
“The Assembly reiterates its call on the Committee of Ministers to further improve the protection of whistle-blowers by launching the process of negotiating a binding legal instrument in the form of a framework convention on whistle-blower protection on the basis of its Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)7, taking into account recent developments.”
I can only congratulate Mr Nicoletti on his report, which, focusing primarily on political corruption, analyses how corruption affects democracy and suggests tools and strategies to promote a culture of integrity, transparency and accountability in the fight against corruption.
I should like, however, to propose a few amendments to the draft resolution and draft recommendation, with a view to completing them, mainly with regard to some legal aspects.
This amendment aims to point out that corruption, especially judicial corruption, severely impedes the protection of human rights and undermines the rule of law and democracy.
This amendment aims to highlight that corruption “has spared no country, organisation or sector of activity”Note and the fight against corruption should therefore be a priority for all European democracies, including European institutions.
is self-explanatory. This call was already made on several occasions, including recently in Assembly Resolution 2098 (2016).
This amendment aims to emphasise the need to implement recommendations from GRECO’s Fourth Evaluation Round, the implementation of which is slowing down.Note Strong political consensus is often needed to implement the complex recommendations.
This amendment aims to add a new sub-paragraph, which reiterates the importance of whistle-blowing in the fight against corruption and ensuring that the appropriate protections are afforded to whistle-blowers, not only in law but also in actual practice.
This amendment aims to refer to the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union in the fight against corruption. The European Ombudsman’s office recently published its practical guidelines for public officials when interacting with interest representatives, to which GRECO contributed. The European Parliament recently called on the European Union to advance its application for membership of GRECO as soon as possible.
This amendment reiterates the Assembly’s call for a binding legal instrument (convention) on whistle-blower protection, as already stated in Assembly Resolution 2060 (2015).