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STT visited by the Twinning Project partners from Azerbaijan

On October 12-13 the delegation of the Anti-Corruption Department with the General Prosecutor of Azerbaijan visited Lithuania. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the anti-corruption sector of Lithuania and the activities of the Special Investigation Service.

This visit is a part of the Twinning Program project „Support for the Anti-Corruption Department with the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan“ awarded to the STT and implemented together with the General Prosecutor office of Azerbaijan. On September 29 the STT delegation took part in the kick-off meeting of this project having taken place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Monday, October 12, the delegation of the Azerbaijani officers had a meeting with Žimantas Pacevičius, director of the STT.

On Tuesday the visiting officers met the representatives of the President’s office, General Prosecutor office, Anti-Corruption Commission of the Seimas (Parliament) and “Transparency International” Lithuanian Chapter. The STT officers made a presentation of the corruption combating practices in Lithuania and shared the experience accrued by the STT in criminal prosecution and corruption prevention spheres.

The goal of the project is to enhance the anticorruption competences of the Azerbaijan institutions and the powers/authority of the Anti-Corruption Department with the General Prosecutor, to share the EU and Lithuania‘s experience of combating corruption, and to assist the Azerbaijani colleagues in carrying out their national anti-corruption programs.

The Project will contribute to the overall objective set out in the Azerbaijan National Indicative Program for 2007-2010 to improve anti-corruptive capacities of the Azerbaijan state institutions.

The bid of the STT presented to the EU-announced call for proposals to assist Azerbaijan within the framework of the Twinning Program was found to be more responsive than the bids presented by the law enforcement institutions of the United Kingdom, Estonia -Finland, and Germany – Romania consortia.

The EU Twinning Program is one of the most important instruments of the European Commission for enhancement of public sector capacities. The Twinning Program projects are financed from the European Commission funds.