Christine Uriarte, Senior Legal Adviser of the Anti-Corruption Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) appreciated the efforts put by the Special Investigation Service (STT) in the process of Lithuania’s accession to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
The ratification of and accession to this Convention is a prerequisite for Lithuania to achieve its strategic goal – membership of the OECD.
Christine Uriarte welcomed the anti-corruption and awareness raising initiatives designed by the STT for the private sector. In addition, she highlighted that STT started and successfully carried out a number of investigations in which the main suspects are private entities (both natural persons and legal entities), mostly suspected of bribery.
According to the Adviser, the corruption prevention measures in the private sector are also actively implemented – STT specialists together with business organizations and associations have been developing a Handbook on Anti-Corruption Environment. It is a methodological tool for reducing the risk of corruption in business companies.
During the meeting Christine Uriarte stressed the need to develop an institutional and legal framework to combat bribery of foreign officials. The system should embrace law enforcement and the business regulatory authorities. According to the STT specialists, financial intelligence should be actively used not only in the prevention of money laundering but also in uncovering transnational bribery cases.
The photos of the meeting you will find in STT Facebook.
Christine Uriarte, General Counsel, Anti-Corruption Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Darius Mickevičius, Head of the Division of Criminal Justice, Administrative and Criminal Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania