UNODC discusses synergies in providing anti-corruption technical assistance with international partners

18 May 2022, Belgrade, Serbia: UNODC and the EU funded project “Strenthening Rule of Law in Serbia“, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ-German Development Agency), met to discuss the respective initiatives in Serbia with the aim to ensure complementarity in the provision of technical assistance in the area of anti-corruption and asset recovery.

During the meeting, UNODC provided an overview of its activities under the UNODC Regional Programme of South Eastern Europe, which provides the framework for UNODC activities in Serbia and the region. Specific emphasis was put on the ongoing regional projects on anti-corruption and asset recovery as GIZ informed about their initiatives aimed to enhance the capacities of the authorities in Serbia to implement the revised Action plan on Chapter 23 of the EU acquis. The counterparts agreed to keep each other informed on the respective activities to avoid duplications and ensure synergies of actions in the region.

This activity contributes to SDG 16, particularly Targets 16.5 on substantially reducing corruption and bribery and 16.4 significantly reducing illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.