Slovenia’s lack of enforcement against foreign bribery remains serious concern

Slovenia’s lack of enforcement against foreign bribery remains serious concern. [Shutterstock/Atstock Productions]

Worrying allegations of political interference in Slovenian law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery have been mounting in recent years. In particular focus has been the National Bureau of Investigation, the agency responsible for investigating foreign bribery, a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery states.

Slovenia must improve its capacity to combat foreign bribery, according to a range of recommendations made by the OECD group. To do so the country must improve detection and enforcement; safeguard the independence of law enforcement agencies and provide better training for enforcement authorities and judges, the group said.

Some progress had been made in detection of foreign bribery, the report said, notably by monitoring press reports and the opening of investigations based on media reporting. The group also praised Slovenia’s strong legal framework for the protection of whistleblowers and its introduction of a beneficial ownership register. 

The report also welcomed the adoption of long-awaited amendments to the Integrity and Prevention of Corruption Act.  Slovenia has had no foreign bribery cases reach trial stage since 1999. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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