OECD wants Slovakia to apply criminal liability of companies

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (WGB) is dissatisfied that Slovakia has still not adopted legislation on criminal liability of legal entities. The most recent criticism was aimed at Slovakia's Justice Ministry representative during the June plenary session of the Working Group in Paris. After the meeting, WGB sent a letter to Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (WGB) is dissatisfied that Slovakia has still not adopted legislation on criminal liability of legal entities. The most recent criticism was aimed at Slovakia's Justice Ministry representative during the June plenary session of the Working Group in Paris. After the meeting, WGB sent a letter to Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

A government report on progress notes: “The biggest problem remains the WGB recommendation to introduce effective criminal liability of legal entities, ignored for several years.” The Slovak delegate explained what action has been taken since the last WGB meeting in June 2012, mentioning the establishment of a working group by the Justice Minister which is tasked with drafting a new special law on criminal liability of legal persons. It asked that the cabinet adopt a resolution with specific tasks assigned to eleven entities with specified deadlines.

“Nevertheless, the head of WGB expressed strong dissatisfaction that the key task has not been accomplished, which is to adopt legislation governing the criminal liability of legal persons,” reads the report as quoted by the SITA newswire.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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