Corruption is a major problem for governments around the world. In this context, the Group of States against Corruption, operating within the Council of Europe, has recently published a report containing important data on corruption in European countries. The report indicated that Turkey had largely failed to implement the anti-corruption recommendations and was ranked among the top 10 worst performing countries in the fight against corruption. Let’s look at the details together.
The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published an excellent report on anti-corruption processes in 48 different countries.
The report, which includes data from 2022, found that Turkey had largely failed to implement recommendations to prevent corruption for legislators, judges and prosecutors, and that its performance in this area was again “poor” as in previous years. .
Türkiye is one of 10 countries that do not comply with anti-corruption guidelines.
Apart from Turkey, the most unsuccessful countries in the fight against corruption are Armenia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Denmark and Moldova.
GRECO advises 4 countries outside Europe and 44 countries from Europe on anti-corruption issues
Among the recommendations; ethical principles and codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, prohibition or restriction of certain activities, and declaration of assets and liabilities.
According to the anti-corruption report published by GRECO, Turkish parliamentarians failed to implement more than half of the 31 recommendations regarding judges and prosecutors.
However, Türkiye partially implemented 38.7 per cent of the relevant recommendations and fully implemented 9.7 per cent. In other words, Turkey failed in the fight against corruption in 2022, just as it failed in 2021.
It was stated that Türkiye did not implement 57 percent of the recommendations made to MPs.
It was announced that 50 per cent of the recommendations regarding judges had not been implemented. 33.3 percent of recommendations on judges were partially implemented, 16.7 percent were fully implemented. However, Türkiye is also unwilling to follow anti-corruption recommendations regarding prosecutors.
50 per cent of the relevant recommendations were not implemented at all. Partially implemented 41.7 percent, fully implemented only 8.3 percent of the recommendations for prosecutors.
In recent years, GRECO has warned that structural changes in Turkey are undermining the independence of judges and prosecutors.
It was also stated that the relevant provisions made the independent position of members of the judiciary towards politics more problematic than in the past. On the other hand, Ankara has been criticized for not taking concrete measures to prevent corruption among deputies and members of the judiciary.
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