Corruption in the 28 EU member states undermines citizens’ fundamental rights, good governance and the rule of law. Corruption occurs in old and new EU Member States alike. Research shows that the trust of EU citizens in Member States and the EU to fight corruption is very low.
The EU must do more to counteract corruption with a comprehensive anti-corruption policy. The prevention of and fight against corruption should remain a priority on the EU’s political agenda. Leaders and decision-makers at the EU- and Member State level must take a clear and public stance against corruption, while adequate EU legislation, mechanisms and standards against corruption are needed to tackle the issue at its roots.
TI EU Public Statements:
6 June 2014: TI-EU welcomes EU Council response to the EU’s first Anti-Corruption Report (“Council conclusions”) acknowledging a common interest in fighting corruption. Read more.
11 March 2014: EU renews mandate to fight corruption until 2020. Read more.
3 February 2014: The EU’s first Anti-Corruption Report on the state of affairs of EU member state’s anti-corruption efforts – A stark warning on persistent corruption in Europe. See TI-EU Press Release.
15 May 2013: The 1st EU Anti-Corruption Report & the European Commission’s Expert Group on Corruption (watch our YouTube video)
6 June 2012: Close links between business and government pose risks in Europe. Read More.
8 March 2012: Hungary’s National Integrity Study launched: Hungary – a State Under Capture. Read more.
3 March 2012: Poland’s National Integrity Study launched: Polish anti-corruption system has considerable gaps. Read more.
29 February 2012: Greece’s National Integrity Study launched: Corruption threatens to prolong the crisis. Read more.
26 January 2012: Concerns over Romania’s National Integrity System. Read more.
6 June 2011: Transparency International welcomes the EU-wide anti-corruption package. Read more.
15 December 2009:TI welcomes new EU mandate to fight corruption. Read more.
Written contributions to EC Consultations:
21 January 2014: TI-EU advocates for a strong anti-corruption commitment of the EU (see submitted TI-EU contribution to the EC public consultation on the future of Home Affairs policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?). This consultation will shape the EU’s priorities for the next five years (2015-2019)!
June 2013: TI-EU submits proposed amendments to the draft Final Report of the European Parliament’s CRIM Committee on the EU Anti-Corruption Report, Public Procurement, Public Sector Integrity, Anti-money laundering, the European Public Prosecutor and Whistleblowing. Read more.
December 2010: ‘The EU should become more active and vocal in addressing the issue of corruption in EU member states and beyond.’ Read more.
November 2008: ’The EU should do more in the fight against corruption’. Read more.
4 December 2008: European Commission’s public consultation on the question “Freedom, Security and Justice: What will be the future?” See TI-EU’s contribution here.
This consultation on priorities for the next five years (2010-2014) showed that the fight against corruption should be a top priority. 88% of the contributors responded to the question if the EU should do more about corruption with “yes”.
Brussels, 14 July 2016 – Today the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly published recommendations calling for more transparency around informal negotiations between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU, also known as “trilogues” meetings. This decision concludes …
Brussels, 13 July 2016 – Corporate claims about the impact of transparency on business do not stand up, according to new research published by Transparency International EU today. While more and more multinational companies are publishing detailed financial information about each …
This interview was originally published on the global Transparency International site here. In 2011, Antoine Deltour told a journalist about sweetheart deals between multinational companies and the Luxembourg authorities to lower their tax bills. This became known as LuxLeaks and Deltour …
27 April 2015: European Commission sets out a European Agenda on Security for the period 2015-2020 (COM(2015)185final) to support Member States’ cooperation in tackling security threats and step up our common efforts in the fight against organised crime, including corruption. See press release here
26-27 June 2014: EU adopts new Strategic Guidelines (as follow-up the Stockholm Programme) to provide orientation and define objectives for the EU’s area of freedom, justice and security (AFJS) for the years 2015-2020
11 March 2014: EU renews mandate to fight corruption until 2020: COM(2014) 154 – An open and secure Europe: making it happen; COM(2014) 144 – The EU Justice Agenda for 2020 – Strengthening Trust, Mobility and Growth within the Union
3 February 2014: TI-EU leads EU wide media campaign jointly together with TI-national chapters across Europe around the publication of the first EU Anti-Corruption Report, identifiying widespread corruption risks in political party finance, public procurement and foreign bribery. See Press Release here.
21 January 2014 (deadline): The future of the EC’s Home Affairs policies will be defined – Public consultation is open for contributions!
24 March 2015, 10:00h-12:00h: Conference on “Confiscation of Criminal and Illegal Assets: European Perspectives in Combat Against Serious Crime” with the participation of Commissioner Georgieva, at the Conference hall of the Press Club Brussels Europe, rue Froissart 95, Brussels (see programme here)
6 March 2014: TI-EU & EPC invite stakeholders to a high-level conference with Commissioner Malmström to discuss the first EU Anti-Corruption Report and recommended follow-up actions. See Commissioner Malmström’s keynote speech here and ISISeurope blog on the conference report here
9 December 2010 – International Anti-Corruption Day 2010 – TI-EU organised jointly with the FLARE Network a public hearing at the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Read the programme here.
28 September 2011: the European Commission created a Group of Experts on corruption to support the new EU Anti-Corruption Report. The Director of the Transparency International-EU, Jana Mittermaier, was appointed as a member of the Group, which commenced its work in early 2012.
May 2010: European Parliament Anti-Corruption Declaration: More than half of the Members of the European Parliament in Brussels (378) adopted the Anti-Corruption Written Declaration on the Union’s efforts to fight corruption. The declaration is an official position of the EP and helps European Parliamentarians launch initiatives on anti-corruption. Transparency International supported the declaration.
6 June 2014: European Council conclusions in the field of Freedom, Security and Justice
Spring 2014: Communication on future development of Home Affairs policies
29 January 2014 (indicative date): Launch of the EU’s 1st Anti-Corruption Report (EU ACR)
2010: Avenues for TI to Advocate for Whistleblower Protection at EU-Level – Initial EU research. Read more.
2008: Anti-Corruption Monitoring Mechanisms in the EU Overview of the various anti-corruption instruments in the EU and their corresponding monitoring mechanisms. Read here.
2012-2011: The European National Integrity System (ENIS) study currently undertaken in 23 national chapters of Transparency International and partners, see here. For more details on the EU dimension of the ENIS-project, see here.
2009-2012: Promotion of Participation and Citizenship in Europe through the “Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)” of Transparency International. See here.
2009: ‘Blowing the whistle harder: Enhancing whistleblower protection in the EU’ in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia.
Work of Transparency international National Chapters:
TI-Belgium: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN, FR or NL.
TI-Bulgaria: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or BG.
TI-Czech Republic: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or CZ.
TI-Denmark: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or DA.
TI-Finland: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or FI.
TI-France: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or FR.
TI-Germany: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or DE.
TI-Greece: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or EL.
TI-Hungary: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or HU.
TI-Ireland: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN.
TI-Italy: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or IT.
TI-Latvia: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or LV.
TI-Lithuania: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN.
TI-Luxembourg: National Integrity Systems Study (2011) published.
TI-Netherlands: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or NL.
TI-Norway: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN.
IPA-Poland: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN.
TI-Portugal: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or PT.
TI-Romania: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or RO.
TI-Slovakia: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or SK.
TI-Slovenia: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or SL.
TI-Spain: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in ES.
TI-Sweden: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN or SV.
TI-Switzerland: National Integrity Systems Study (2012). Read in EN or FR.
TI-UK: National Integrity Systems Study (2011). Read in EN.