Lithuania has taken an important step on the road to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) membership by completing the process to become a member of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
Lithuania will become the 42nd Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 15 July 2017, 60 days after the deposit of its instrument of accession. The Ambassador of Lithuania to France deposited Lithuania's instrument of accession to the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 16 May, 2017.
The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania adopted the law on the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions on 20 April, 2017.
Ratification of Convention is a part of the procedures for acceding of Republic of Lithuania to the organization (OECD). Having acceded to the convention Lithuania will have to actively engaged in the fight against bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
Lithuania can accede to the convention only becoming a full member of the OECD Working Group on Bribery. On 26 January 2017, the OECD invited Lithuania to join the OECD Working Group on Bribery and to take the necessary steps to accede to the Convention.
Membership of the OECD is one of Lithuania’s top priorities in the nearest future. Becoming a member of the OECD Lithuania will have a possibility to influence global decisions in economic and other areas of public governance. Also, will be able to express its view on the issues important for Lithuania on international level, will be able to gather knowledge and experience from the best OECD member states’ experts, and to apply this knowledge in Lithuania.
To gain recognition of this international organization Lithuania has not only to harmonize her own legal framework with the OECD legislation, but also has to demonstrate that has the capacity to reveal specific bribery cases of foreign public officials and to prosecute persons who commit such offences, applying proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.
The exclusive role belongs to the STT which is responsible for detecting the cases of bribery of high level officials both in Lithuania and abroad.
Lithuania will now undergo systematic reviews on the implementation of its anti-bribery laws, starting with a first examination in June 2017.