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Thu, 25 Feb, 2016 12:05:25 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 25
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working group on bribery on Wednesday expressed concern at what it termed Finland’s continued failure to implement OECD anti-bribery convention.
According to an OECD statement, the working group is troubled by the difficulties that Finland has encountered in effectively enforcing its laws against bribery by foreign public officials.
The working group in 2010 issued 19 recommendations designed to raise awareness in Finland about foreign bribery and to promote the prevention, detection, and prosecution of foreign bribery offences.
Finland has fully implemented only six recommendations over the last five years, leaving two-thirds of the recommendations either not implemented at all or only partially implemented, said the statement.
The working group expressed disappointment at Finland’s lack of real progress in making the legislative reforms needed to implement key recommendations. 
The working group is particularly concerned by Finland’s failure to amend the definition of foreign public official and to ensure adequate limitation periods for prosecutions of foreign bribery offences. 
According to the statement, Finland has not introduced genuine whistle-blowing protections for those who—in good faith and on reasonable grounds—report suspected instances of foreign bribery.
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