The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor implementation of Council of Europe conventions, i.e. States’ compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards.
The main concept of GRECO is to improve the capacity of its Member States to fight corruption through a dynamic process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure, identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption policies and prompt the necessary reforms.
Evaluation is followed by recommendations to Member States aimed at improving legislation as well as institutional and practical reforms and compliance review, i.e. assessment of measures taken by the Member States as to fulfill the respective recommendations.
GRECO also provides a platform for sharing of best practice in the prevention and detection of corruption.
Currently, GRECO comprises 49 member States (48 European States and the United States of America). Republic of Serbia* is a Member of GRECO as of April 1, 2003.
*The State Union of Serbia and Montenegro became a member of the Council of Europe in April 2003. After the referendum organized in Montenegro on May 21, 2006, the Republic of Serbia became the legal successor of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.