COBALT Managing Associate, Head of the Prevention and Criminal Law Practice Group, Mindaugas Bliuvas shared his experience and insights at the 14th session of the OECD working group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Phase 2 evaluation of Lithuania. For Lithuania, willing to become a member of the OECD in 2018, this is one of mandatory steps of utmost importance.
Mindaugas Bliuvas, who has broad experience in the areas of Criminal, Criminal Procedure, Administrative and Penal Law, took part in this session together with other experienced Lithuanian criminal law specialists, representatives of the Lithuanian Bar Association and leading law firms in Lithuania. During this session, the practical operation of the Lithuanian legal and institutional framework related to combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions has been thoroughly examined.
Being a member of the OECD is essential not only for Lithuanian authorities, but also for representatives of the business sector trading with foreign countries. The organisation has accumulated a wealth of valuable experience and good practice in the field of anti-corruption, which allows the country to get acquainted with the most advanced and effective methods for disclosure, investigation and prevention of bribery of foreign public officials and other corruption-related crimes, and to introduce these methods in practice.
The OECD is a multilateral forum where experts from the member countries discuss, share experiences and develop new economic and social policy guidelines that are then translated into practice. The OECD currently has 35 member countries. In 2015, Lithuania was invited to start the OECD accession process, and this is one of the most important priorities of the state.