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What           Panel discussion "10 years of UN Convention Against Corruption, Party in Europe?".

When          Thursday 5 December 2013, 12.30-15.00


Where         European Parliament PHS 5B001

Who            The panel will be moderated by Nicolaj Nilson (EU observer), while the panel will consist of:


Dimitri Vlassis (Chief of UNODC Corruption and Economic Crime Branch)

                               - A representative of the Greek Permanent Representation (TBC)

                               - Carl Dolan (Director Transparency International Brussels)

- A representative of alter-EU

                               - A representative of Anticorrp

Organizers          Jointly organized by UNODC and MEP Dennis de Jong (Dutch party: SPa, European Party: Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic       Green Left).

Before becoming an MEP , Mr de Jong was amongst others advisor on Human Rights and Peacebuilding at the ministry of foreign affairs in the Netherlands, and he has been very involved in the drafting of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/96748/CORNELIS_DE+JONG_home.html

Registration       Please register by sending an email to unodc.brusselsregistry@unodc.org mentioning name, birth date and identity card number,  by 3 December 2013.

On request, there is a possibility to arrange for interviews. Please contact froger@unric.org tel 02-7888461 or valerie.devuyst@unodc.org tel 02-290 25 81

Background        The UN Convention against Corruption was opened for signature in 2003, therefore this year it's tenth anniversary is celebrated. See http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/signatories.html.

It is also the time to take stock of progress made in the fight against corruption globally and in Europe, after 10 years of implementation of the provisions of UNCAC.  The timing for the panel discussion in the EP coincides with the International Anti-Corruption Day which has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003.

The EU is party to the UNCAC since 2008, and all EU Member States, except for Germany and the Czech Republic have ratified the convention. Globally UNCAC has 168 parties (states and regional economic integration organizations). It is the first global legally binding international anti-corruption instrument. The Conference of State Parties held in 2009 established a review mechanism aimed at assisting countries to meet the objectives of UNCAC through a peer review process. Under the current review cycle 157 countries are involved in the Review Mechanism either as countries under review or as reviewing countries. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the guardian of the convention and promotes its implementation.

UNODC has published country and regional report on corruption. Shortly the first EU Anti-Corruption Report is expected to be released by the European Commission to monitor and assess the efforts

of Member States of the European Union in tackling corruption.

For the annual (2013) anti-corruption campaign, see       http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/November/zero-corruption-100-percent-development_-unodc-and-undp-launch-2013-international-anti-corruption-day-campaign.html?ref=fs1


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