Transparency International (TI) has welcomed the EU's inclusion of an anti-corruption stipulation in its new five year plan for the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Stockholm Programme. The programme, which will supersede the Hague programme expiring at the end of December 2009, will among other things, define the EU's action to evaluate and fight corruption. TI has also requested a periodic anti-corruption evaluation of the 27 member states which will include:
- simultaneous assessments in all 27 EU member states (including candidate countries such as Croatia);
- publication of a regional report including all evaluation reports;
- comprehensive anti-corruption assessments of corruption-prone areas (e.g. public contracting and political party financing);
- use of the report findings in public debates; and
- strong measures to discourage non-compliance.