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Enforcement: domestic bribery

The Prosecutor's Office is the authority that initiates criminal proceedings in all cases. There is also a special prosecutorial authority for acts of bribery and corruption, namely the Anti-corruption Prosecutor. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor is based in the Court of Appeal of Athens and is responsible for coordinating all investigations dealing with bribery and corruption offences. The offences are investigated by a group of judges (as stipulated by Law 4022/2011) who are assigned exclusively to bribery and corruption cases, and who utilise all information that can be retrieved by the Financial and Economic Crime Unit (FECU), the Hellenic Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and other investigating bodies. In addition, there are special provisions and proceedings aimed at shortening the time needed to conclude investigations and refer such cases to trial. The current legal framework gives the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor, as well as the investigating judges of Law 4022/2011, extensive powers in terms of gathering evidence and seizing of property, and almost unlimited access to privileged information (tax records, bank records, stock market transactions, etc.).

Enforcement: foreign bribery and associated offences

There are currently no high-profile cases of bribery of foreign officials under investigation. The legal provisions in Law 3560/2007 (as currently in force) give the prosecuting authorities (the Prosecutor's Office and the FECU) many powers to bring such cases, not only locally, but also internationally, with the use of mutual assistance procedures extending these powers to other jurisdictions.