International cooperation plays a very important part in preventing and combating corruption due to the fact that corruption is related to organized and commercial crime, including money laundering, and poses a serious threat to sustainable democratic and economic development and the institutional stability of every country. Combating corruption is the responsibility of all countries, making international cooperation (reflected in the efficient exchange of information and experiences, advancement of good practices, and establishment of coordinated strategies, standards and criteria aimed at fighting corruption) even more crucial. Within its competences, the International Cooperation Service develops and promotes cooperation with competent state authorities, as well as with relevant foreign institutions, international organizations, European and regional organizations and initiatives in the field of preventing and combating corruption.
The International Cooperation Service’s priority is monitoring international legislation in the anti-corruption area, above all Conventions and international treaties ratified by the state, as well as initiating amendments to domestic legislation with the purpose of aligning them with internationally accepted legal regulations and standards. For this reason, it is important to maintain regular and direct cooperation with the Council of Europe, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), attending GRECO plenary sessions in Strasbourg, cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and attending Conference meetings of member states (signatories of the UN Convention against Corruption), as well as with the Anti-Corruption Network within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
An important role of the International Cooperation Service includes representing the ACA and taking part at domestic and international meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops related to the fight against corruption.