Federal Office of Justice

Corruption (GRECO)

What is the issue?

Switzerland has steadily intensified the fight against corruption in recent years. In particular, penal provisions governing the bribing of domestic and foreign officials, as well as bribery in the private sector, have undergone a thorough review and have been revised in response to the challenges of cross-border corruption. This review and revision took place in connection with Switzerland's accession to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in 2000 and to the Council of Europe's Criminal Law Convention on Corruption in 2006. A system of monitoring ensures that both conventions are enforced in all member states.

The Council of Europe has set up a special commission, the Group of States against Corruption, known by its French acronym GRECO, in which the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) is Switzerland's primary representative. GRECO supports and strengthens the fight against corruption by means of mutual evaluations by member states at the national level. Based on questionnaires and on-site visits by experts from other member states, evaluations review the action a country takes to combat corruption. The draft reports on these individual national evaluations are finalised in consultation with the subject countries, before being debated and adopted during GRECO's plenary meetings. The reports and any recommendations are essentially confidential, but in practice are published with the consent of the countries they concern.

The enforcement of the OECD convention is monitored by a special body within this international organisation. The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, seco, is Switzerland's lead representative on this body.

By acceding to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, Switzerland intends to play its part in strengthening the global fight against bribery. The Convention entered into force for Switzerland on 24 October 2009.

Contact / questions
Ernst Gnägi, Federal Office of Justice, T +41 31 322 40 81, Contact