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Negotiations in the Council of Europe and the OECD regarding action against corruption
In the context of negotiations in international organisations on measures to combat fraud, the Member States signed the Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). With this common position the Council of the European Union is seeking to avoid unnecessary duplication between the two international instruments drawn up in the Council of Europe and the OECD and to ensure compatibility with the work carried out in the European Union.
Common Position 97/661/JHA of 6 October 1997 defined by the Council on negotiations in the Council of Europe and the OECD relating to corruption.
Member States will support the drawing up of appropriate international instruments providing for bribery of foreign officials and officials of international organisations to be made a criminal offence. Without prejudice to questions of jurisdiction the offence should cover corruption with regard to any State or international organisation.
Member States will ensure that the provisions of the instruments drawn up in the Council of Europe and the OECD are compatible with instruments drawn up between them, in particular with regard to judicial assistance, extradition, combating corruption and the protection of the Community's financial interests.
In negotiations in the Council of Europe and the OECD relating to corruption, Member States, will as far as is practicable, coordinate their positions, at the Presidency's initiative, and seek to arrive at common standpoints on all issues which have significant implications for the interests of the European Union. The Commission will be fully associated with this work.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Common position 97/661/JHA||2.11.1997||-||Official Journal L 279 of 13.10.1997|