On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has called on member countries to carry out far-reaching reforms so as to address the shortcomings and vulnerability of existing anti-corruption systems.
“When I took up my duties as President of the Parliamentary Assembly, I made it clear that one of my priorities would be to focus on eliminating all forms of corruption, both inside and outside national parliaments.”
“Corruption, which is a terrible enemy of our values, is a scourge that weakens the foundations of our society. The independence of the judiciary is a precondition for combating it, as are freedom of expression and access to information. It is our duty to make sure that these prerequisites are met in all our countries, with no restriction whatsoever,” she added.
“I call on all Council of Europe member states to redouble their efforts to eradicate this scourge from our societies. Integrity, honesty and transparency should be the watchwords of public life,” she concluded.