The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Council of Europe (CoE) anti-corruption body, has called for further measures to prevent corruption in Serbia in respect of persons with top executive functions and members of the Serbian police.
In its evaluation report, published on July 5 by the CoE, GRECO suggests that in light of the low level of prosecution, the immunity provided to Government members ought not to cover corruption-related offences.
GRECO also notes the central role played by the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, but recommends that the role of the Agency be strengthened by making public its recommendations and the response of the Government and Presidential administration. GRECO also finds that a public strategy on corruption prevention in the police should be adopted.
GRECO calls for a public strategy on corruption prevention that covers explicitly persons with top executive functions. Integrity standards corresponding to top executive functions should be collected in a code of conduct, accompanied by practical guidance and sanctions in case of violation, it is said in the evaluation report.