We set up EU Anti Corruption to highlight any criminality from the European Union and its member states. We work tirelessly to exposure corruption and fraud and we will not rest until the EU is an honest institution. 2017 was a ‘dark year’ for European Corruption and the trend looks set to continue throughout 2018 and into 2019. Members states are in fact sliding backwards and undoing nearly all the progress made over the past decade.
Several European countries reversed reforms introduced to fight corruption and failed to fully implement new measures, according to a report released in May 2018 by the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO).
The Strasbourg-based human rights body found that national legal initiatives introduced in some countries — including Greece, Romania and Poland — reversed anti-corruption measures or put countries at risk of violating international anti-corruption standards.
“2017 was a dark year for anti-corruption,” GRECO President Marin Mrčela said. “Progress against corruption cannot be taken for granted. It requires staying alert; because there is always a risk of regression.”
EU member countries did not make significant progress in implementing GRECO recommended measures on fighting corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors, the report also found.
By the end of 2017, only one in four recommendations related to parliamentarians — on reporting assets, restricting outside business activities, maintaining transparency about interacting with lobbyists and managing conflicts of interest — had been fully implemented.
Levels of compliance were higher when it came to judges and prosecutors: Countries implemented almost half (42 percent) of GRECO’s recommendations related to judges and more than half (54 percent) of measures related to prosecutors.
Belgium had the highest number of only partially implemented or non-implemented recommendations, the report found. It was followed by Armenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Luxembourg, Spain, Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Slovakia.
The report comes several weeks after an investigation found “strong suspicion” of corruption within the Council of Europe’s own parliamentary assembly, alleging that cash and gifts were given to PACE members by Azerbaijan in return for political support.