European Corruption Observatory


In 2014 a Eurobarometer survey found that 76% of citizens regard corruption as widespread and more than half (56%) think that the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years. In order to properly tackle this problem well informed policy makers and continuous public pressure are needed. However at the EU level there is a missing evidence base to support this work – particularly regarding the transnational elements of corruption. Investigative journalism and high quality reporting are therefore vital but more needs to be done to better support cooperation between journalists (and between journalists and officials at EU and national levels).


A European Corruption Observatory (ECO) – an online database of media reports on corruption and related topics in the 28 EU member states. ECO will provide greater availability of information and awareness of corruption and build awareness among journalists of the cross border nature of corruption and the tools available to investigate it. It will also in the longer term facilitate a more informed political and policy debate to take place at EU and national levels among citizens and policy makers

Blogs posts specific to the campaign:


The truth about the ‘corrupt elites’

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  One of the most striking things about the Trump and Farage narratives is the railing against “corrupt elites”: the coalition of “merchant bankers, multinationals and big politics” that Farage invoked when celebrating the Brexit vote; or the swampy and …

Posted 16 Nov 2016 No Comments


Bahamas Leaks: What Neelie did next…

Ethics in EU Institutions, EU Anti-Money Laundering, EU Corporate Integrity, European Corruption Observatory -

Another day, another leak. Another kick to the rotting, crumbling edifice of the offshore world. BahamaLeaks, the latest scoop from the ICIJ, may not have the global repercussions of its big brother, the Panama Papers, but it does herald some …

Posted 22 Sep 2016 No Comments


EVENT: The Role of Investigative Journalism and a Free Media in Fighting Corruption

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14.00 – 18.00, 14 July 2016 Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels Recent scandals unearthed by investigative journalism have had a huge impact on both the public and on policy. The fall-out from the Panama Papers influenced David …

Posted 6 Jul 2016 No Comments

Read more:

  • European Corruption Observatory
  • events:

    • May, June, July 2015: European Corruption Observatory workshops for more details see here.

    reference documents:


    2012: Money, Politics, Power, Corruption risks in Europe. Read here

    2012: Deterrence of Fraud with EU funds through investigative journalism in EU-27. Read here 


    Contact details

    Alison Coleman

    Corruption Observatory Project Coordinator

    T. + 32 (0)2 893 24 64