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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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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 Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe has recently recognized the work carried out by our country to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the prosecution and to strengthen the transparency of our institutions.
Cyprus has also failed to apply 14 out of 16 recommendations made by the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (Greco).
"The programme also assisted INLUCC in setting up regional offices and supported Tunisia's application for membership in the Group of States against Corruption (Greco)," said Chawki Tabib.
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.
Her case coincides with the Monday release of the report of GRECO (Group of States Against Corruption of the Council of Europe) which focuses on the conflict of interest that Macedonian parliamentarians cause and the discrepancy between the legislation and reality in Macedonia in this regard.
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.
This is the third consecutive report with a reference to the recommendations of the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe GRECO, which in the fall of 2010 asked for legislative changes to curb abuses and corruption in the funding of political parties and election campaigns in Bulgaria.
However, the Council of Europe is able to monitor their implementation through Standing Committees, such as GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) who issue regular progress reports.
The Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (Greco) that evaluated in 2013 the prevention of corruption in the parliamentary sphere, the judiciary and the Office of the Prosecutor, has confirmed, five years after that examination, that compliance with its recommendations by Spain has ceased to be "globally unsatisfactory".
IN THE END the visit by the representatives of Greco, the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption, did not tell us anything we did not know.

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