President of the Republic of Lithuania

Fight against corruption – the President’s top priority

Friday, April 16, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International, Huguette Labelle, who came to Lithuania for her first visit at the invitation of the President. Huguette Labelle is known as an advisor and expert in the fight against corruption, with a vast experience as a member of the Government of Canada.

In the meeting, the level of corruption in Lithuania and ways to curb it were discussed. The President and H. Labelle exchanged views on the situation in Lithuania in the area of prevention of corruption, Lithuania's progress and efforts in this area, international cooperation, and exchange of valuable international good practices with other countries.

The President noted that the Corruption Perception Index in Lithuania grew from 4.7 to 4.9 in a year's time. According to the President, this shows that increasingly many people in Lithuania perceive the damage caused by corruption and that public awareness on this issue is getting stronger. A country that scores above five is considered to be capable of controlling corruption. The President underlined that Lithuania had a lot of work to do to step over 5.0 points.

Unfortunately, Lithuania is still ranked as a country where corruption is not adequately controlled.

The President said she would continue to demand that the authorities operating under her responsibility, such as the State Security Department, Special Investigations Service, and the General Prosecutor's Office, fight against corruption more efficiently and implement reforms more rapidly.

„As long as corruption exists, it poisons like cancer the whole political and public system. This fight must become a norm of life for our society as a whole and for everyone of us individually. Therefore, I see the fight against this problem as top priority of my whole term of office," President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

The President also talked about the need to guarantee more transparent funding of political parties and political campaigns and to enforce related laws and regulate public procurement.

The President stressed that public awareness raising and promotion of intolerance to corruption could play an important role in eliminating this phenomenon. According to the President, adequate protection of citizens who report corrupt activities must be ensured.

The Leader of Transparency International thanked the President for her personal efforts to combat corruption. By the data of Transparency International, Lithuanian experts have identified the problems and have proposed the best solutions in the National Anti-Corruption Programme, and it is now time to make decisions, take resolute actions and involve the general public in this process.
Press Service of the President

Last updated 2010.04.16 12:07