The purpose is to collect expertise within the area and to find uniformity in the application of law. Crimes of corruption risk undermining trust in public functions, in law and order in general as well as in the market economy, individual companies and organisations. It is therefore important to collect experts within this area, which is often difficult to investigate and to find uniformity in the application of law.
In 2003, a special national public prosecution office was established, the National Anti-Corruption Unit, tasked with administering investigations regarding crimes of corruption (such as different forms of bribery or cases where individuals with a leading position in society have misused their position) but also cases that are closely related to these types of crimes. In addition to the investigative activities, the unit also promotes uniform legal proceedings by actively working with judicial matters within the area.
The unit also participates in developing the international cooperation within the area.
The unit participates in the international work within e.g. OECD, and it collaborates with other countries' authorities in the operational work with the aim of making the judicial cooperation more efficient. The unit also works to raise awareness and increase knowledge within authorities and within enterprise in order to identify and investigate corruption more efficiently. In this work, the unit conducts training on measures against corruption, especially targeted towards authorities.
The unit has also initiated the foundation of a national network with the purpose of discovering and fighting crimes of corruption.