On 6 June 2011, the European Commission announced a series of measures to tackle corruption across the EU. The measures are in response to the failure of every EU states to implement anti-corruption legislation and insufficient enforcement of existing legislation. The Commission noted the serious harm caused to member states by corruption, economically, socially and politically, and the need for greater commitment on the part of EU leaders to combat corruption in all its forms.
The Commission will set up the "EU Anti-Corruption Report" to monitor Member States' efforts against corruption. The EU Anti-Corruption Report will be issued every two years, starting from 2013, and will be combined with EU participation in Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). The report will aim to assess anti-corruption efforts in Member States and comprise of the following:
- A thematic section including case studies and examples of best practices and recommendations.
- Country analyses including tailor made recommendations for individual Member States, based on monitoring and reviews of existing evidence.
- Trends at EU level, including results of a Eurobarometer survey on corruption, as well as experiences of corruption on an EU level.
In addition, as part of the new measures against corruption, the Commission is focussing more on all EU policies, internal and external, in particular proposing:
- Modernised EU rules on confiscation of criminal assets in 2011.
- A strategy to improve criminal financial investigations in Member States in 2012.
- The adoption of an action plan in 2011 on how to improve crime statistics.
- Greater cooperation with EU agencies such as Europol, Eurojust, OLAF and CEPOL to improve police and judicial cooperation and training.
Full information about the Commission's proposals can be found at: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/376&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
The Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on "Fighting Corruption in the EU" can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/news/intro/docs/110606/308/1_EN_ACT_part1_v12.pdf