OECD urges Turkey to fight against foreign bribery

The OECD Working Group on Bribery on Tuesday called on Turkey to urgently implement key reforms to boost its fight against foreign bribery.

Turkey has not taken sufficient steps to address the group’s concerns about its implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, the group, responsible for monitoring the implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, said in a statement, or remains very low level of enforcement of the foreign bribery offence.

Members   of   the   Working   Group   “remain   seriously   concerned   thatTurkey   has   not   taken   measures   to   protect   the   independence   of investigations   and   prosecutions,   in   light   of  the   successive   waves  of large-scale   suspensions   and   reassignments   of   judicial   and   law enforcement officers, which took place in 2014 and 2016,” according to the statement.

The group is set to follow developments in Turkey to implement the Anti-Bribery Convention and to enforce the foreign bribery offence in practice, in particular in the context of Turkey’s Phase 4 evaluation, currently scheduled for June 2023, the statement said.