During March 16 to 18 the representative of the Special Investigation Service (herein the STT) took part in the conference titled “Counter Corruption Best Practices for Europe” organised in Sofia (Bulgaria) by the George C.Marshall European Centre, and the U.S. Department of State, at which the STT activity was named as an example for the anti-corruption institutions of other countries to be followed.
At the conference attended by over 130 representatives of the law enforcement institutions and organisations fighting against corruption from 19 European countries and the USA embassies in those countries the STT was referred to as the establishment of universal and consistent practice applying not only criminal prosecution measures but also active in the spheres of corruption prevention, anti-corruption education and publicity.
According to Egidijus Kulikauskas, the STT officer, who was a member of the conference, during experience sharing workshops and discussing the best practices of the world and European countries in fighting against corruption it was emphasized that the STT had elected the most progressive way for combating corruption. It was underlined that the measures and programs already being executed by the STT (or done with STT participation) were just starting in most European countries.
At the conference, which attracted huge attention of the Bulgarian media, the reports on the European countries cooperation in sharing practices and new ways of combating corruption were delivered by the representatives of law enforcement institutions from various countries and international organisations (INTERPOL, OLAF, OECD), later the topical issues were dealt with during the round-table discussions.
During the discussions the participants of the conference also emphasized that corruption had become not only a national problem, it was spreading on the international level and was becoming a global phenomenon, so in order to beat it the institutions and countries needed cooperation, joint programs, sharing of knowledge and information on what others did and how they could help each other.
Considerable attention was also devoted to discussing such issues as independence and accountability of anti-corruption institutions and involvement of social partners – mass media, NGOs, public-at-large – in the fight against corruption.