On 7 June, The Independent reported that the Council of Europe has said that the UK Government has ignored instructions to strengthen UK anti-corruption laws, in a scathing report published after series of scandals. The 42% compliance rate in the GRECO report represents a significant backsliding on the UK’s previous record, representing the worst rating the UK has ever achieved in a GRECO’s evaluation rounds, which started in 2000. Successive British governments have previously always met between 75% and 100% of previous recommendations. GRECO concludes that the UK had implemented satisfactorily or dealt satisfactorily with 5 of the 12 recommendations contained in the Fifth Round Evaluation Report of the UK. Of the remaining recommendations, 4 have been partly implemented and 3 have not been implemented. GRECO notes that further progress is necessary to demonstrate an acceptable level of compliance with the recommendations within the next 18 months, and the UK has to report back by 22 September 2022.
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