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Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard and Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard and Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP

City Police host inaugural conference for European Cross Border Bribery Taskforce

The call for action against bribery and corruption was answered in the City of London today at the first European Cross Border Bribery Taskforce (ECBT) conference, hosted and led by the City of London Police.

With bribery and corruption estimated to cost around US $1.26 trillion* in bribery, theft and tax evasion in the developing world and the EU Member States themselves losing some €120 billion to corruption**, the three day conference brought together for the first time law enforcement practitioners and prosecutors from 15 of the EU Member States with one common aim – to shape the Taskforce and make it an effective force against corruption.

Led by the City of London Police with funding from the European Union, the first day of the ECBT’s inaugural conference has already seen new partnerships and networks being forged, and information shared on different agencies’ legal, jurisdictional and operational parameters.

In his opening address, City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard said: “Crime doesn’t stay in one jurisdiction and criminals do not respect borders. By working together in the foreign bribery sphere, sharing information on contemporary practice and case studies and identifying mutual cases and opportunities for joint investigations, the Taskforce will be seeking to increase the number of joint investigations undertaken across EU member states as well as facilitate sharing of information and intelligence between Taskforce members.”

Conference speakers and delegates included the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, National Crime Agency, Serious Fraud Office, the Department for International Development and EUROPOL.

In his keynote speech, the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP said: “The establishment of the European Cross Border Bribery Taskforce is a most welcome development in the fight against international bribery and corruption.

“By deepening co-operation between Europe’s law enforcement agencies and prosecutors, especially in intelligence and information sharing, the ECBT will modernise our anti-corruption efforts, allowing us to respond to sophisticated corruption with sophisticated crime fighting techniques.” ​​​

*Source: Global Financial Integrity, ‘Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries over the Decade Ending 2009’ (2011) pg. i;

**EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, EUobserver, '€120 billion lost to corruption in EU each year', 06/03/13

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