Representatives of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) visited Serbia to participate in an expert group assessment of Serbia's progress in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

KNAB experts supported Serbia on the preventive measures included in Chapter 2 of UNCAC. The Chapter covers topics related to the development and implementation of anti-corruption policies, effective and independent anti-corruption institutions, conflict of interest issues and codes of conduct for public officials, private sector involvement in anti-corruption, transparency in public administration, public participation, financing of political organisations, legal framework and practices in procurement, and other anti-corruption topics.

During the visit, the UN experts reviewed Serbia's self-assessment of progress in implementing the Convention, as well as received information and comments from Serbian public sector institutions, the judiciary and civil society representatives. The Q&A session between the expert group and representatives of the Serbian authorities also discussed progress and potential deficiencies and obstacles in the implementation of the Convention so far.

UN experts will draft a report on the second evaluation cycle of UNCAC with recommendations to facilitate Serbia's progress towards UNCAC implementation.

The visit took place from 25 to 27 October in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Participants included three experts from Latvia - two from KNAB and one from the Ministry of Justice. The expert group also included several representatives from the Netherlands and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.