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International EPAC/EACN conference organised in RigaNovember 21, 2016

From 15 November until 17 November the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) held the annual professional conference of the European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC)/the European contact-point network against corruption (EACN), accompanied by a General Assembly session in Riga.

EPAC/EACN conference participants shared their experience in corruption prevention campaigns, whereas the working groups, set up within the scope of the conference and assembly, focused on the discussion of international anti-corruption investigation processes and results thereof.

On the second day of the conference the Head of the Internal Security Bureau V. Mūrnieks informed the conference participants about the functions of the Internal Security Bureau and the experience gained during the first year of its work. A panel discussion about corruption prevention within the police was held after the presentation; EPAC/EACN Deputy Vice President Anthony Duggan, GRECO (Group of States against Corruption) President Marin Mrčela, and IGGN (National Gendarmerie General Inspectorate (France)) General Philippe De Boysere took part in the panel discussion.

 

According to the organiser of the conference — KNAB, the event gathered together professionals from various anti-corruption establishments and organisations, representing such countries as Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Ireland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Spain, the Ukraine, and Hungary.

The European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) is an independent, informal network, bringing together more than 60 anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies from Council of Europe Member States. EPAC was established in 2001.

The European contact-point network against corruption (EACN) is a formal network comprising close to 50 anti-corruption authorities from European Union Member States. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is also a member of this network. EACN was formally established by a European Council decision in 2008.