Seminars and lectures on ethics, accountability, crime and corruption brought representatives from Southeast and Central Europe, Baltic states, Georgia and the Ukraine together for a conference on corruption.
From March 20-22, more than 140 participants from 29 countries met in Bucharest, Romania for a conference on countering corruption, an event coordinated by the Marshall Center and U.S. Department of State. The goal of this conference was to look at promoting transparency and accountability within the judiciary.
U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein opened the conference, stressing the need for an independent, competent and efficient judiciary. German Ambassador Andreas von Mettenheim, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cristian Diaconescu, and the Minister of Justice, Catalin Predolu , followed with their opening remarks. The Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden, gave the keynote address.The conference consisted of panels covering judicial independence and accountability; ethics and disclosure regimes; corruption in the defense sector; judicial education; oversight and enforcement and prosecuting and trying complex crimes.
Attendees also chose from eight seminars during the conference with topics ranging from evaluating performance of judges, contributions from international organizations, specialized anti-corruption courts to court administration. The first day underlined the need to change the cultural behavior as the basis to countering corruption.
Participants were judges, prosecutors or police in their countries, or represented Transparency International, other nongovernmental organizations, the Office for Security Cooperation Europe, NATO, various embassies, governmental agencies and other anti-corruption agencies.
This is the fourth such conference, the first three were held in Budapest, Hungary; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Zagreb, Croatia.