Macedonia: Panel Discussion and introduction to the models of anti-corruption bodies of Slovenia, Lithuania and Montenegro


In support of the ongoing discussion regarding the reforms in the area of anti-corruption, our EU-funded project “Strengthening the national capacities for the fight against organized crime and corruption” in cooperation with the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) and the Ministry of Justice, organised a Panel Discussion titled “Introduction to models of anti-corruption bodies: the cases of Slovenia, Lithuania and Montenegro”.

The event, that took place on Thursday, 10 May 2018, aimed to enable an open comparative debate among all involved stakeholders about the anticipated amendments of the Law on Prevention of Corruption, and to contribute to the efforts to free the anti-corruption mechanisms from political influence and pressure, along with defining and implementing reforms which will ensure impartial, independent and professional anti-corruption body.

The objective of this Panel Discussion was to provide additional arguments to the considerations about the future of the SCPS by presenting different models of anti-corruption bodies, namely the models of Lithuania, Slovenia and Montenegro, with due reference to the topics of ensuring of independence, proceedings, internal organisational structure and systematisation of work positions.

Mr. Albert Nabernik of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Daumantas Pocius of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania, and Ms. Grozdana Lakovic of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption of Montenegro, joined a lively and focused discussion with participants from the relevant national institutions – Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Information Society and Administration, State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, Public Prosecution Office, Special Prosecution Office, Ombudsman, Public Revenue Office, Sector for European Affairs, and with representatives of the Delegation of the European Union, GRECO, OSCE Mission, US Embassy, and NGOs working in the area of anti-corruption.

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