The Netherlands still needs to take steps to prevent corruption in central government and law enforcement, according to the Council of Europe’s anti corruption body Greco.
The agency said on Tuesday that the Netherlands has still not done enough to meet all 16 recommendations made in 2019 and has requested an update by June 2024 at the latest.
Two years ago the Netherlands had failed to meet any of the new targets. Since then, however, seven have been fully implemented, seven partially and two have not been dealt with at all, Greco said in Tuesday’s update.
For example, there is a greater focus on integrity matters among members of government and on the rules on post-employment restrictions and lobbying are being tightened up.
However, efforts are still needed to weed out potential corruption involving the government, such as introducing a system of regular financial declarations by cabinet members during their mandate.
Law enforcement agencies also need to take further steps to report and centrally register gifts, as well as to report financial interests, the organisation said.
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