In 2016 investigators of the Bureau initiated 19 criminal proceedings – eight of these criminal cases were opened on the basis of operational information received from the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Bureau. In total 14 cases against 35 persons were sent for criminal prosecution. The Bureau is involved in complex corruption investigations which go beyond the borders of Latvia. In order to investigate these cases in 2016 the Bureau executed 30 mutual legal assistance requests from such countries as USA, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania and other. In 2016 the Bureau prepared 10 mutual legal assistance requests.
On 11 May 2016 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) took a final decision on the accession of Latvia extending OECD’s membership to 35 countries. During nearly three years of accession discussions Latvia has been reviewed by 21 OECD Committees. In order to receive an invitation to become a member one of pre-requests is to ratify and successfully implement OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions (Anti-corruption Convention) and here an important contribution was given by experts of the Bureau. Intense work of Bureau’s experts together with representatives from other state authorities assured Latvia’s compliance with the OECD Anti-corruption Convention. In second half of 2016 the Bureau’s officials participated in OECD Working Group on Bribery where Oral Follow-Up to Phase 2 Report was presented to all OECD members. During Latvia’s accession process the Bureau has demonstrated clear commitment to implement Anti-corruption Convention’s requirements at the highest level.
In September 2016 the compliance report was developed and sent to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) informing about the progress made regarding implementation of recommendations given by GRECO in the IV evaluation round. Additionally Latvia was nominated to be one of the first countries to enter the V evaluation round of GRECO.
In November 2016 the Bureau organized an international conference for anti-corruption institutions – the yearly Professional conference and general assembly of European Partners against Corruption/ European contact-point network against corruption (EPAC/EACN). At the closure of the conference participants signed a declaration inviting to adopt a comprehensive policy on national and international level in order to fight corruption in healthcare system.