Webp.net compress image 13IACA last week hosted the first round of formal negotiations on a new international treaty that aims to strengthen the anti-corruption capacities of national authorities in Southeast Europe.

The meeting in Laxenburg on 3 - 4 October concerned the International Treaty on Exchange of Data for the Verification of Asset Declarations. The purpose of the Treaty is to help prevent and combat corruption by providing for direct administrative exchange of information between Parties concerning asset declarations.

It has been developed under a programme being implemented by the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

The first round of formal negotiations was organized in Austria, which reflects the current Austrian EU Presidency’s support for countries in the region in concluding the Treaty.

The RAI is an intergovernmental organization working in nine member states across Southeast Europe. Its mission is to lead regional cooperation to support anti-corruption efforts by providing a common platform for discussions through sharing knowledge and best practices.

The basis of the Treaty is the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and States Parties Resolution 6/4. The latter encourages Member States to consider the possibility of concluding multilateral agreements on civil and administrative matters relating to corruption, including international cooperation.