The Council of Europe (CoE) anti-corruption body GRECO said in a report released on Thursday that Serbia had implemented just four of its 17 recommendations in 2020.
“As of 31 December 2020, Serbia had fully implemented four of the 17 recommendations issued by GRECO. Twelve recommendations had been implemented partially, and one recommendation remained not implemented,” the report said and added that Serbia implemented 23.5 percent of GRECO recommendations.
The GRECO annual report reviews measures to prevent corruption taken in member states in 2020 concerning MPs, judges and prosecutors top executives and law enforcement agencies. It called member state governments to rigorously manage the corruption risks that emerged because of measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the infusion of large amounts of money into the economy to alleviate its economic and social impact.
“By the end of 2020, GRECO’s member states had fully implemented almost 40% of its recommendations to prevent corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors. The recommendations with the lowest compliance were those issued in respect of MPs (only 30% fully implemented), followed by judges (41%) and prosecutors (47%),” a press release said adding that 16 countries, including Serbia, were subject to GRECO’s non-compliance procedure.