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Exchange of views between the parliamentarians, the President of the GRECO and the Chair of MONEYVAL

“Corruption must no longer be considered as a crime without victims, for it undermines the rule of law and access to public resources” said Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), during an exchange of views with the members of the Standing Committee in Tallinn. “Half of our citizens think that corruption is widespread in governments, which creates a real crisis of confidence. Genuine political resolve is required to develop a culture of integrity, combat impunity and restore confidence,” he added.

During the same exchange of views, Daniel Thelesklaf, Chair of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL), stressed the need for transparency in business enterprises and major groups and for the international application of anti-money-laundering laws. Action to prevent the funding of terrorism could prove to be very effective in fighting terrorism. “Parliamentarians have a decisive role to play in making their institutions aware of these problems and in ensuring the application of laws” Mr Thelesklaf concluded.