On March 25 Žimantas Pacevičius, Director of the Special Investigation Service (STT) participated in the international conference titled “Specialized Anti-Corruption Agencies: independent to be effective, effective to lose independence” having taken place in Latvia.
The goal of the conference was to discuss the status and subordination of specialized anti-corruption agencies of various countries necessary for assurance of their most effective performance, to name the causes due to which their independence status was weakened and the possibilities to obviate political pressure.
The STT director delivered a report on the situation related to creation of the STT, the operations model and basic activity directions of the service, also reviewed the main activity stages during 13 years of the STT existence.
The participants of the conference shared their experience in organisation of anti-corruption work, discussed the role of the society in safeguarding independence of the corruption combating institutions and the possibilities for citizens to monitor and assess the work of such establishments.
The conference was attended by Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime minister of Latvia, Normunds Vilnitis, head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia (KNAB), Pawel Wojtunek, head of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland, Martin Kreutner, President of the European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC) network, representatives of the EC Group of States against corruption (GRECO), the EU Antifraud Office (OLAF), and other organisations.
The conference was organised by the Transparency International, Latvian Chapter.