GRECO, The Council of Europe’s Anti-Corruption Body, today (17 May 2018) published its 5th Round Evaluation Report for the UK. The report was adopted by GRECO Plenary in December.The report assesses prevention of corruption amongst Top Executive Functions of Government and Law Enforcement Agencies in the UK.Within Law Enforcement the evaluation focused on the Metropolitan Police and National Crime Agency.The UK was the first country to undergo evaluation under GRECO’s 5th Round. The report makes twelve recommendations for UK authorities, six in respect of Top Executive Functions and six in respect of Law Enforcement Agencies.HM Government is now working to consider implementation of the recommendations, in particular where measures that will achieve this are not already planned or in place.
Brazilian oil company Petrobras has started drilling at the Peroba block in the pre-salt layer of the Santos Basin.The Peroba block is located 300 km off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, south of the Lula field and east of the Sapinhoá field.The location near these fields, which are among the most productive of the pre-salt, indicates the high potential of the area, Petrobras has said. The water depth is between 2,100 m and 2,600 m and the total area is 1,073.41 km².Petrobras is the operator (40%), in partnership with BP Energy do Brasil Ltda. (40%) and with CNODC Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda. (20%), a subsidiary of CNPC.