PrammerOn 23 November the Academy welcomed H.E. Barbara Prammer, the President of the Austrian National Council, accompanied by Members of Parliament.

The meeting focused on introducing the distinguished guests to IACA´s mission and activities, and exploring frameworks within which IACA could contribute to increasing the transparency and accountability of national Parliaments. Other topics of discussion included economic crime, asset recovery and how revenue accumulated from corruption cases can be used for the public good and capacity-building projects.

During the visit, Ms. Prammer also briefly addressed the European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) Annual Professional Conference, simultaneously hosted by IACA. In her speech, she reflected on the importance of integrity for legislators, and the role of national Parliaments´ watchdog function. “We must not rely on the criminal law approach only, but we should also talk about our and our society’s ethical frameworks”, she emphasized.

Kreutner, both Chair of IACA’s International Transition Team and President of EPAC/EACN, thanked Ms. Prammer and the MPs for their visit. “Parliamentarians have an important oversight role to play vis-á-vis a state’s executive. At the same time, we also need to take people´s concerns about political corruption in countries of all regions seriously.” Both sides agreed that the exchange of knowledge and best practices, especially with regard to root causes and possibilities for structural reform, form a key area of competence also for IACA.