6 June 2011
EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to see tougher anti-corruption measures and a stronger commitment from politicians and decision-makers. She underlined this during a press conference in Brussels today when presenting a set of measures for fighting corruption in Europe.
"Transparency is corruption's worst enemy. But although Europe is considered to be relatively open and transparent from an international perspective, it is equally true that there is no corruption-free Member State in the EU. Four out of five EU citizens regard corruption as a major problem in their own country", said Cecilia Malmström. As a further illustration of the scope of the problem, she mentioned that 120 billion Euros per year is lost to corruption. That represents almost the entire annual budget of the EU, or one percent of the total EU GDP.
The key initiative in today's proposal is a monitoring and reporting mechanism aimed at periodically assessing Member States' efforts and increasing pressure on them to deal with the problems of corruption. The mechanism will draw on expert groups and already existing mechanisms and fill in the gaps in order to give a broader assessment. The results will be presented in an EU Anti-Corruption Report, to be published every other year starting in 2013.
Watch Cecilia Malmström present the proposal during today's press conference. Read the press release and the memo, as well as the Communication "Fighting Corruption in the EU" (please see below) and the other documents adopted by the Commission today.
Fighting Corruption in the EU [113 KB]