(civil) - In a new report the Council of Europe's (CoE) Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) commended Georgia for the vast array of reforms it has carried out in recent years to tackle corruption, but also stresses that the effects of these reforms need to be closely monitored and that further improvements will need to be made.
GRECO's Second Round Evaluation Report on Georgia, issued on January 15, focuses on measures taken to deprive criminals of the benefits of their corrupt acts, to counter corruption in public administration and to prevent companies being used to shield corruption.
GRECO called on the authorities to effectively audit the public sector, including local authorities, and to develop standards for these audits, reports Trend.
Moreover, there is a need to ensure the impartial recruitment of public servants and judges. Other recommendations address rules on receiving gifts, situations in which public employees' private interests conflict with their professional duties, the reporting of corruption and the adoption of codes of ethics, GRECO said in its press release.