Minister Klemenčič at the WGB Ministerial Meeting of the OECD in Paris
Minister of Justice Goran Klemenčič attended the Ministerial Meeting within the framework of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions. A total of 41 countries are signatories to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, as well as representatives of key OECD partners, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
The morning session, closed for the public, was intended to open and critical exchange of views of high representatives of Parties to the Convention on the possible reinforcement of the fight against the bribery of foreign public officials and the treatment of new international initiatives in this field.
In the context of the debate on the fight against foreign bribery in an increasingly complex world, Minister Klemenčič stressed the commitment of the Republic of Slovenia in the fight against foreign bribery. According to him, ministerial meetings are extremely important to maintain the fight against foreign bribery as a priority area of action. He praised the ongoing work of the OECD Working Group against foreign bribery, particularly in the field of legal analysis, reporting and enforcement. He pointed out that with regard to future activities of the OECD in the fight against foreign bribery the OECD should be looking for synergies with other international institutions such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
Minister Klemenčič moderated a Panel on Empowering Whistle-blowers and Facilitating Voluntary Disclosure, with Amy Adams, Minister of Justice of New Zealand, David Green, director of the British Serious Fraud Office, Olivia Kirtley, president of the International Federation of Accountants and Elena Panfilova, Vice-President of Transparency International participating as panellists. The participants agreed that it is necessary, inter alia, to ensure consistent and all-embracing protection of whistler-blowers and a comprehensive implementation of the legislation on their protection, creating an environment that offers the greatest possible certainty for the voluntary disclosure, as well as strengthening cooperation at the international level. It was thought that the OECD should continue to address all those questions in more detail.
The ministers approved a declaration indicating the key results of the session, including the start of the fourth stage of the country evaluations, which will also allow the signatory states and non-signatories to deeply commit to the fight against foreign bribery and corruption in all its forms.
Recognising that much more remains to be done, the Parties reaffirm their commitment to continued implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention and call for robust enforcement of their laws implementing the foreign bribery offence.
The ministers and representatives of all the states joining declaration, called on all countries to fully implement their international obligations with respect to foreign bribery and corruption.
At the same time they a report on the protection of whistler-blowers was launched and a brochure with information on the importance of the OECD Convention was published.
On the margins of the meeting, Minister Klemenčič met with Mr. Patrick Moullette, head of the OECD Anti-corruption Unit to discuss the implementation and enforcement of the Convention by the Republic of Slovenia, and with Ms. Laura Codruţ Köves, Chief Prosecutor, who leads the Romanian Anti-corruption Office.
OECD Anti-Bribery Ministerial Declaration: http:// http://www.oecd.org/corruption/anti-bribery/OECD-Anti-Bribery-Ministerial-Declaration-2016.pdf
OECD Report on Committing to Effective Whistleblower Protection: http://www.oecd.org/corruption/committing-to-effective-whistleblower-protection-9789264252639-en.htm