Seven institutions: the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Lithuania, Financial crime investigation service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, State Tax Inspectorate Under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, Customs Department under Ministry of Finance, Police Department under the Ministry of Interior and Public Procurement office have signed an Agreement for Cooperation to Reveal Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in Cases of International Business Transactions.
The agreement was made in line with one of the most important priorities over coming period – membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (further – OECD).
In order to become a full member of OECD the state has to accede to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. In the interest of acceding this Convention, states have to show not only political will, but also the ability of close cooperation in order to detect and investigate allegations of foreign bribery and prosecute guilty persons.
“Cooperation of institutions, in order to disclose corruption related offences, especially offences that involve international elements, is necessary. Exchange of relevant information allows to identify potential bribery cases of foreign public officials and to take further actions to detect these cases” – says Mr. Saulius Urbanavičius, the Director of the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Institutions have agreed to cooperate, exchange information that is relevant for detecting and investigating bribery cases of foreign public officials, afford each other the widest measure of mutual assistance, so that the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania could reveal and investigate the cases of bribery of foreign public officials.