The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is among the anti-corruption authorities of the European Union Member States whose structure and scope of functions have been commended, according to the Handbook of Good Practices in the Fight Against Corruption published by the European Commission.
The goal of the Handbook prepared by the European Commission is to map a variety of anti-corruption practices in EU Member States that have proved to be useful in solving problems related to corruption, and which can inspire similar initiatives elsewhere. In this document, the European Commission has identified good practices in the fight against corruption between different law enforcement authorities.
The European Commission highlights the contribution of KNAB to the prevention and combating of corruption in Latvia, including in the development and improvement of legislation, which in the course of existence of KNAB have led to a number of significant changes. The abovementioned changes include criminalisation of large-scale illegal financing of political parties and also the obligation for the public authorities to develop and implement basic requirements for an internal control system to prevent the risk of corruption and conflict of interest.
The European Commission also accents the measures successfully implemented by KNAB to implement the recommendations of international organisations in the area of prevention and combating corruption and also the activities implemented by KNAB to reduce the presence of corruption.
A full version of the Handbook drafted by the European Commission is available in English on the website of the European Commission.
KNAB is the leading independent anti-corruption body in Latvia that prevents and combats corruption, controls compliance with the regulations governing the financing of political parties and their associations, and monitors compliance with restrictions and prohibitions on pre-election campaigning.