News Local Charalambides: Corruption is like Lernean Hydra

Charalambides: Corruption is like Lernean Hydra

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Fighting Corruption, Cypriot parliamentarian Irene Charalambides, spoke Thursday at the OSCE Chairmanship Conference on Anti-Shell Companies’ Law in Bratislava.

Opened by Professor Paola Severino, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Corruption, the seminar featured delegates and experts to discuss the development of legal frameworks to increase corporate transparency and promote economic security.

Charalambides spoke about the challenges of fighting corruption, which she likened to the mythological Greek monster Lernean Hydra. “Everytime you cut one head off, two new heads would regrow,” she said. “In order to fight corruption there must be political will and that is not always the case.”

Charalambides noted that in order to combat corruption it is necessary to work together and co-ordinate efforts.

She highlighted Slovakia’s Anti Letterbox Legislation as a good practice that effectively addresses corrupt activities of shell companies. “We should work towards passing this important legislation within our parliaments,” Charalambides said.

While in Bratislava, Charalambides held a bilateral meeting with Severino in order to build synergy between the Parliamentary Assembly and the governmental side of the OSCE. She also discussed pursuing co-operative efforts with other participants at the seminar, including from both the public and private sectors.

Charalambides was appointed Special Representative on Fighting Corruption in July 2019. For more on her work, please visit her web page.

Top Stories

Police hand out 25 fines for covid-19 measures violations

Police handed out 25 fines all across Cyprus over the past 24 hours for violation of measures aiming to contain the spread of covid-19. They...

France’s most tattooed man is a teacher

Sylvain, alias Freaky Hoody, a primary school teacher and France's "most tattooed man", poses with his eyes full of black ink at Palaiseau, southern Paris, France,...

Fiercest clashes since 1990s rage in Azerbaijan’s Armenian enclave

Fighting escalated sharply on Monday between Azerbaijan and its Armenian mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and at least 55 people were killed in a second...

Global coronavirus deaths pass ‘agonizing milestone’ of 1 million

The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy,...

UK’s Johnson raises concerns with Turkey’s Erdogan over east Med tensions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that he was concerned about tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, welcoming news...

Taste

Sheftalies

Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...

Souvlakia

Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...