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Council of Europe

an intergovernmental body set up in 1949 to promote European political, economic, social and cultural integration. It is distinct from the EUROPEAN UNION. There were originally ten signatory states, including the UK. There are currently 46 member states. The Council's principal work has been in the area of human rights. The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was drawn up under the auspices of the Council. The economic and social counterpart of the Convention on Human Rights, the European Social Charter, was promulgated in 1961 and revised in 1996. Although lacking an equivalent enforcement mechanism, the European Social Charter is intended to protect the rights of the individual in such areas as employment, social security and discrimination. The Charter also promotes social cohesion and cooperation amongst member states in relation to migration. Considerable discretion is left to member states in the realization of these rights. Other work of the Council of Europe includes issues such as the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, human rights and biomedicine and fighting corruption
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The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor States compliance with the organisations anti-corruption standards.
The Commission has also adopted a report on the terms of participation in the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).
Ergin spoke at a high-level conference of the Council of Europe's Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) in Strasbourg.
The Group of States against Corruption (Greco) said there was no obligation for Irish public officials to report sleaze.
The creation of a new independent office is a suggestion of the European Council's Group of States against Corruption committee — also known as GRECO.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Turkey failed to implement most recommendations of the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) on the criminalization of corruption and the transparency of political funding, and its current level of compliance with the recommendations remains "globally unsatisfactory," GRECO has said.
Currently, Kyrgyzstan is considering ratification of anti-corruption conventions of the Council of Europe (Civil Law Convention on Corruption, Criminal Law Convention on Corruption) and the issue of joining to the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), Economy Minister Temir Sariev said on November 11 at an anti-corruption seminar on experience of the United Kingdom and Kyrgyzstan, reported Tazabek.
These changes will be made, including through consultations with experts from the EU and Group of States against corruption (GRECO).

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