Today, on the occasion of the international Anti-Corruption Day, Eurojust adheres to the joint global campaign of UNODC and UNDP, United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.
Mr Leif Görts, Eurojust National Member for Sweden and Chair of the Financial and Economic Crime Team, said:
‘Corruption is like a cancer; it attacks governments and puts immense pressure on national authorities. It leads to difficult and complicated investigations requiring close cooperation with other Member States in cross-border cases.’
Financial and economic crimes are among the most frequent crime types brought to Eurojust. Bribery, including foreign bribery and corruption, undermine confidence in the public and private sector. So far in 2016, Eurojust has dealt with 69 cases involving corruption, held 14 coordination meetings and provided legal and financial support for a joint investigation team. In addition to its operational work, Eurojust hosted a meeting of the Corruption Hunters Network in November, and participates in the discussions of the Asset Recovery Offices Platform and the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network. Eurojust cooperates regularly with anti-corruption partners, such as OLAF and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and is a member of the OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators’ Network (OAFCN).
Eurojust reaffirms its commitment to support the Member States’ prosecutorial and judicial authorities in their efforts to fight corruption.
Audio Visual Materials / fact sheets