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After Lengthy Delay, Germany Moves on UN Anti-Corruption Pact

Roberta Holland | October 1, 2014

Eleven years after agreeing to join a United Nations push against corruption, Germany is moving forward with ratifying the measure and ending its claim as one of the last major economies to do so.

Germany’s Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, last week approved legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Now the Bundesrat or upper house also must approve the legislation, which Deutsche Welle reported would likely take place at its next meeting this month.

The UN convention, which Germany signed in 2003, requires countries to boost transparency, establish anti-corruption bodies, adopt measures to prevent corruption in the public and private sectors, criminalize a number of offenses, increase international cooperation, and implement asset recovery processes...

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