Last week the Italian Senate approved an anti-corruption law that will be voted on in the lower house in November.
Under the proposed law, a new agency called Civit (the Commission for the Evaluation, Transparency and Integrity of the Administration) will become the National Anti-Corruption Body. It will be in charge of approving the National Anti-Corruption Plan, providing guidance to other agencies, and investigating corruption complaints.
The draft law requires more disclosure by lobbyists, bans influence peddling, and disqualifies anyone from holding public office after a conviction for bribery.
Premier Mario Monti has put anti-corruption efforts at the center of his administration. His predecessor Silvio Berslusconi, sentenced this week to five years in prison for tax fraud, was involved in a series of damaging graft probes.
Transparency International ranks Italy 69 of 182 surveyed countries, ahead of only Greece among Euro Zone countries.
Maria Dolores Hernandez J. is a researcher for the members area of the FCPA Blog.