Congress ratifies Brazil's accession to the International Academy against Corruption

An important step towards combating corruption in the country was taken at the end of 2012, with the publication of the text of Legislative Decree 0590/2012, which ratifies Brazil's adherence to the Agreement for the Constitution of the International Academy against Corruption.

Approved by the Senate Plenary on December 20, PDS 550/2012, which ratifies the constitution of the International Academy against Corruption as an International Organization, had already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies on November 14.

The agreement to establish the Academy against Corruption was signed in Vienna in October 2010 and signed by Brazil in December of the same year. The measure has as main objective to constitute a center of excellence aimed at education, training, cooperation and research in the prevention and fight against corruption. The function of the center would be to contribute with the countries in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Uncac), of which Brazil is part.

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is an international organization based in Vienna, Austria, and aims to contribute to the global fight against corruption by developing theoretical and practical knowledge on the subject. Its main mission is to facilitate anti-corruption education, offering courses for professionals and practitioners from all sectors of society.

At the end of 2010, the IACA had 55 members and, on 8 March 2011, it became an international organization. The IACA currently has 61 members and observer status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the European Council's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).