EU Anti-Corruption Report

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The EU Anti-Corruption Report was the European Commission's short-lived anti-corruption reporting mechanism. The report was planned to be published on a bi-annual basis to monitor and assess the efforts of Member States of the European Union in tackling corruption. The Anti-Corruption Report was established in June 2011,[1] but discontinued in February 2017, having only ever published one report in 2014.[2]

Scope and objectives[edit]

The non-binding report was activated in 2013 as a monitoring mechanism to identify “failures and vulnerabilities across the 27 EU Member States”.[3] Specifically, its stated objectives were:[1]

(a) to periodically assess the situation in the Union regarding the fight against corruption;

(b) to identify trends and best practices;

(c) to make general recommendations for adjusting EU policy on preventing and fighting corruption;

(d) to make tailor-made recommendations;

(e) to help Member States, civil society or other stakeholders identify shortcomings, raise awareness and provide training on anti-corruption.

The monitoring mechanism envisioned engagement with existing European and international initiatives, including the European Council’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO); the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC); and the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Each Member State had a designated “research correspondent” working on the ground and reporting back to an expert group.[4] The EU alsoaimzd to draw upon the work carried out by existing agencies such as the European Anti-Fraud Office and EUROPOL.

Discontinuation[edit]

In February 2017, the Report was discontinued. In an internal letter to the chair of the EU parliament's civil liberty committee, MEP Claude Moraes, Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans argued that the first and only Report published in 2014 had provided the basis for deepened work and consultations as part of the EU's anti-corruption framework. Subsequent reports were therefore not necessary.[5][6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Establishing an EU Anti-corruption reporting mechanism for periodic assessment ("EU Anti-corruption Report")" (PDF). European Commission. 6 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Commission 'quietly shelves' corruption report". EURACTIV.com. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  3. ^ European Commission - Press Release, “Commission fights corruption: a stronger commitment for greater results", 6 June 2011
  4. ^ Michael Kubiciel (Expert Germany) - Der EU Anti Corruption Report , Law Review Article (in German)
  5. ^ "Timmermans letter" (PDF). Transparency International EU.
  6. ^ "EU commission drops anti-corruption report". Retrieved 2017-11-22.