Brussels, Belgium 26 to 29 January 2009 P2P31864 35 Other issues (Complete) Task : null
Participants: The participants are nominated by the respective ministry or national authority of the beneficiary country.
Part of series: NoMulti country
Aim of the Assistance
The seminar was considered in the context of the recent reiteration of corruption as a major problem for the EU candidate/potential candidate countries in the enlargement strategy and progress reports of the European Commission published a in early November 2008,and also given the great interest of the civil society from the beneficiary countries.
The main aim of the meeting is thus to bring together representatives of civil society from the target countries in order to:
1. improve their know-how of European legislation and European and international practices in the field of combating corruption, including recent developments and relevant debates;
2. introduce them to the EU programmes and actions on transparency, accountability and good governance in the context of fighting corruption;
3. to provide them with an opportunity to exchange views, experience and good practice on the subject with relevant EU institutions, European level platform organisations working in the same field and among themselves,
Other aims of the study visit are to inform the participants about the European Union at a general level: its structure and mechanisms, its decision making process, the institutions and other main relevant policies; it will inform about funding sources, both at EU level and in their region (particularly in view of their countries' status as candidate and potential candidate).
Furthermore, the study visit also aims to stimulate the creation of networks between civil society organisations in the target countries and the relevant EU institutions and departments and EU platform civil society organisations, in order to strengthen and empower the civil society in these countries.
The study visit will bring together 48 participants coming from the 8 countries. Each group of 6 participants from each country should consist of 2 representatives of the civil society (NGOs working in the field of good governance, transparency, accountability and fighting corruption), 2 representatives of chambers of commerce, and 2 journalists, preferably with a proved background of investigating cases of corruption.
EU legislation / adm. infrastructure
EU Convention on Protection of the European Communities' Financial Interests (OLAF), 1995
The Convention on the Fight against Corruption involving officials of the European Communities or officials of MS of the EU, 1997
The EU Convention against corruption in the private sector, 1997
The EU Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA on combating corruption in the private sector, 2003
The EU directives on fighting money laundering
The EU verification mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania, 2006
The EU debarment system (DG Budget)
The European Community (as regional economic integration organization) ratified the UNCAC in 2008