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Bi-partisan parliamentary ad hoc committee to combat corruption and promote transparency

Following the Parliamentary Elections and the Pledge signed by half of the new Parliament Members, Transparency International-Cyprus (TI-C) invited those who signed today to a breakfast meeting.

Some new MPs and two Political Party leaders attended the meeting. These were: Andros Kyprianou, George Perdikes, Anna Theologou, Charalampos Theopemptou, Demetris Demetriou, Eleni Mavrou, Christiana Erotokritou and a representative was sent by Nikolas Papadopoulos.

At the meeting it was suggested by the Chair of the Board of TI-C, Assoc. Prof. Maria Krambia-Kapardis, and agreed by them that there ought to be an All Party Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee where TI-C could provide secretarial support, if needed, and will share with them good anti-corruption practices, suggested legislations and issues raised by Transparency International and the European Commission in combating corruption, capture and improving transparency.

TI-C’s suggestion was unanimously agreed by the MPs and they will take up the suggestion at the next political party leaders meeting so it can be implemented as soon as possible as a formal ad hoc group. The chair of the TI-C Board asked for their support in enacting a Whistleblowing Protection Legislation and in promoting transparent and ethical lobbying. Both of these were issues / initiatives addressed by TI-C in 2015 and early 2016.

The MPs and in particular the two Political Party Leaders stressed that they are committed to combat corruption and capture, and are looking forward to a collaboration with TI-C.


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