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Mexican Congress Approves Weakened Anti-Corruption Legislation

LADB Article ID: 80008
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2016-06-22
By: Carlos Navarro

In mid-June, the Mexican Congress approved a legislative initiative that takes into account some of the anti-corruption reforms put forward by several non-governmental organizations, but also falls short of the demands made by civil society. In separate votes, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies both approved the Ley General de Responsabilidades Administrativas (General Law for Administrative Responsibilities), an initiative that seeks to increase transparency and addresses corruption.The measures take into account most of the proposals put forth in a blueprint known as “Ley 3 de 3” by a coalition of non-governmental organizations, academics, business groups, and legal experts, including the ethics watchdog Transparencia Mexicana (Mexican Transparency, TM), Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción (Mexicans Against Corruption), and the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, IMCO). However, the legislation weakens a provision in the Ley 3 de 3 that would have required public officials, elected or appointed, to make their assets and tax returns public. The Ley 3 de 3 contained a set of important demands, including a requirement that officials declare their assets, that they identify their interests (including previous jobs and friendships), and that they offer proof that they pay their taxes.

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