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07 February 2017

INTERPOL and IACA unite efforts in combating corruption

LYON, France – An agreement between INTERPOL and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) will see enhanced cooperation between the two organizations in the global fight against corruption.

Affecting all regions of the world and all levels of society, the effects of corruption are far-reaching, undermining political, social and economic stability, and ultimately threatening the safety and security of society as a whole.

Corruption creates a fertile ground for organized criminal activities, even terrorism, as criminals are aided in their illegal activities by the complicity of corrupt public officials.

Signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock and IACA Dean and Executive Secretary Martin Kreutner, the memorandum of understanding will see increased joint anti-corruption projects and activities through research, training and education.

“Corruption undermines the rule of law, ethical values and justice in addition to jeopardising sustainable development and economic prosperity,” said Secretary General Stock.

“The agreement between INTERPOL and IACA is an important step in ensuring that law enforcement and other professionals have access to the tools and services they need in combating the scourge of corruption which affects every corner of the globe,” conclude Mr Stock.

The agreement will also see INTERPOL and IACA host joint events at their respective bases in France and Austria as well as around the world.

“IACA is extremely pleased to conclude this agreement with INTERPOL, which will substantially reinforce our organization’s global network of partnerships. INTERPOL will always have an important place in IACA’s history, and this MoU lays the foundation for a successful future in which we work together to prevent and fight corruption across the globe,” said Mr Kreutner.

 The International Anti-Corruption Academy is an international organization based in Laxenburg, Austria, dedicated to overcoming current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and seeking to empower professionals for the challenges of tomorrow.