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On April 10, 2019, Decree No. 258/2019 (the “Decree”) was published in the Official Gazette. The Decree approved the “National Anticorruption Plan (2019-2023)” (the “NAP”).

Through the NAP, the Executive Branch seeks to consolidate progress in the fight against corruption and establishes certain priorities for the next five years, in line with several international conventions against corruption, organized crime and money laundering.

The NAP includes various initiatives received through public consultation mechanisms, including institutional strengthening, citizen participation, integrity in the private sector, and ethics education at the school level, among others. Each of the aforementioned initiatives includes execution periods for monitoring their progress.

Likewise, the Decree establishes the creation of an “ad honorem” Advisory Council composed by civil society organizations and recognized experts of the private sector, to carry out the follow-up of the implementation of the initiatives contemplated in the NAP.

Finally, the Decree also provides for the creation of public monitoring mechanisms of the aforementioned initiatives, and includes a summarized report of the different measures already taken and the goals of the NAP.

To access the Decree and its Annex, please click here.

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Fernando Goldaracena is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires Office. He heads the White Collar Crime Practice Group and is a member of the Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. Prior to joining the Firm, Fernando served as secretary of the Federal Criminal Court No. 2 of San Isidro, where he led several criminal investigations ranging from white collar crimes, public corruption and tax fraud. He is member of both the Compliance & Money Laundering and the Criminal Law Practice Groups of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires).

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Vanina Caniza is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Buenos Aires office. She advises clients in a variety of corporate and commercial law matters, with extensive experience in corporate compliance, commercial agreements and mergers & acquisitions. She represents and advises Argentine and foreign companies. She completed postgraduate courses on Biotechnology at Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires) and on Health Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She sits on the Steering Committee of the Firm’s Latin America Corporate Compliance Group and on the Steering Committee of the Firm’s Latin America Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Industry Group. She is currently a professor in the CEC Compliance & Ethics Certification (AAEC-UCEMA).

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Luis Dates is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office, where he heads the Dispute Resolution and Public Law practice groups. He has broad experience advising national and foreign companies across a range of public and administrative law issues, particularly doing business with the national government, provinces, municipalities and state-owned enterprises. He also assists and represents clients in complex and multidisciplinary litigation, and is active in domestic and international arbitration. Luis is a mediator and arbitrator for the Private Center of Mediation and Arbitration. He has written books and numerous articles for various legal publications on topics related to his field. He is also a professor at the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires.