Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, signed the agreement with Mr. Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of INTERPOL, at the world police body’s headquarters in Lyon, France. The ceremony was followed by technical discussions between the IACA delegation and senior INTERPOL officials on future collaboration under the MoU.
This may include, among others, joint projects and activities in the areas of anti-corruption education, training, research, and capacity-building, as well as mutual support for each other’s missions.
Today’s signing marks a significant strengthening of relations between IACA and INTERPOL, which was one of the Academy’s initiating partners alongside the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and the Republic of Austria. Even prior to that, the initial idea of an international anti-corruption academy arose more than a decade ago out of INTERPOL’s International Group of Experts on Corruption.
Mr. Kreutner commented: "IACA is extremely pleased to conclude this agreement with INTERPOL, which will substantially reinforce our organization’s global network of partnerships. INTERPOL will always have an important place in IACA’s history, and this MoU lays the foundation for a successful future in which we work together to prevent and fight corruption across the globe.”
"Corruption undermines the rule of law, ethical values, and justice in addition to jeopardizing sustainable development and economic prosperity," Mr. Stock said.
"The agreement between INTERPOL and IACA is an important step in ensuring that law enforcement and other professionals have access to the tools and services they need in combating the scourge of corruption which affects every corner of the globe," he concluded.
INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. The organization is engaged in the field of anti-corruption and asset tracing and recovery through the strengthening of national, regional, and international legal frameworks as well as through the implementation of numerous initiatives and networks specialized in the field of anti-corruption and financial crimes. The latter include the Global Focal Point Initiative on Asset Recovery jointly established by INTERPOL and the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR).