Associations (separate legal entities for TI S (e.V), TI EU (AISBL) and national chapters)
III - Non-governmental organisations
Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar
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Mr Cobus De Swardt
Mr Carl Dolan
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. It brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world.
Our vision is a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.
Since its founding in 1993, TI has played a lead role in improving the lives of millions around the world by building momentum for the anti-corruption movement. TI raises awareness and diminishes apathy and tolerance of corruption, and devises and implements practical actions to address it.
Transparency International is a global, politically non-partisan network including more than 100 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These bodies fight corruption in the national arena in a number of ways. They bring together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, in public administration, in procurement and in business. TI’s global network of chapters and contacts also use advocacy campaigns to influence governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.
In addition to the national chapters, Transparency International has an International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin. The International Secretariat is an independent association (“eingetragener Verein”) established under German law. The secretariat provides leadership for the movement’s international initiatives, supports chapters and coordinates our regional work through knowledge sharing, advocacy and coalition building.
In collaboration with national chapters, the secretariat produces numerous research, tools and policy positions. It serves as a knowledge centre, offering valuable insights into the dynamics of corruption and new approaches to tackling it.
Transparency International’s relations with the EU Institutions are coordinated by Transparency International EU (the Brussels office of the organisation). TI-EU is an independent AISBL established under Belgian law. It is the mission of TI EU to prevent corruption and promote integrity, transparency and accountability in EU institutions, policies and legislation. It is its objective to create lasting, structural change at the EU level so that government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are characterized by integrity, justice and security.
TI EU works in close cooperation with the TI Secretariat in Berlin and TI national chapters particularly with those 26 chapters located in EU member states. The objective of TI EU is to fulfil the European dimension of the global TI movement – to provide Brussels-based advocacy at the EU level.
By its very nature, corruption is a crosscutting issue that negatively affects citizens. The many facets of corruption exacerbate the exploitation of the poor and underprivileged, and can have serious implications on the right to equality before law, the right to property, the freedom to perform business, fair and just working conditions, fair political representation and participation, and the basic rights to dignity, integrity and personal security. To alleviate these problems, TI EU works to fight corruption and to create an EU in which all citizens can exercise their fundamental rights in full.
In addition to that, EU legislation and policies can have significant impact on the fight against corruption at national level in EU member states and beyond. The work at EU level thus contributes to the fight against corruption in many countries around the world, for example through work on anti-money laundering regulation, development aid, structural funds and by ensuring that the EU Institutions themselves lead by example when it comes to transparency and the prevention of corruption.
Transparency International EU aims to prevent corruption and promote integrity, transparency and accountability in EU institutions policies and legislation. In that sense TI EU is the EU liaison office of the global movement.
Transparency International EU follows all policies and legislative files in the area of anti-corruption and transparency.
As of April 2015 this includes:
- Codes of Conduct in all EU Institutions
- European Commission Transparency Initiative including proposals for Inter-Institutional Agreement for better regulation and mandatory transparency register
- 2016 Anti-Corruption Report
- Anti-Money-Laundering directive
- Shareholder Rights directive / Accounting Directive for Country-by-Country reporting
- Discharge reports for main EU Institutions
- Fundamental Rights Report
- European Public Prosecutor
- Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
- Directive on fight against fraud by means of criminal law (PIF)
- Revision of the Financial Regulation
- EU Structural Funds and Regional Policy
- FLEGT Action Plan + EU Timber Regulation
- Enlargement policies and progress reports
- European Parliament Rules of Procedure
- EP INI reports on Transparency
- Council Priorities in the area of anti-corruption
- Monitoring of elections by the EU Institutions
For our latest positions and activities on these files please also consult our website: www.transparencyinternational.eu
The latest information on our communication activities and our publications can always be found on our website:
www.transparencyinternational.eu for general information
www.transparencyinternational.eu/publications/ for our publications
www.transparencyinternational.eu/7077-2/ for our events
Transparency International EU publishes all its meetings with EU decision-makers and the list of our meetings can be found here: http://www.transparencyinternational.eu/about-us/ti-eu-meetings/
Transparency International EU is also active on Facebook and Twitter (@TI_EU).
Recent EU-related publications include (can all be found on our website):
- 2015 EU Presidency Anti-Corruption Scorecard (Italian Presidency)
- 2015 Policy Paper on the EU Legislative Footprint
- 2014 The European Union Integrity System Study
Transparency International is a member organisation of the “Advisory experts group on Enlargement progress reports (E01929)”.
Transparency International EU works with the EP Intergroup on “Transparency and Anti-Corruption”.
Transparency International EU works on 4 main campaigns, details of which can be found here:
1. EU Integrity: EU institutions policies to promote mandatory EU lobbying rules, robust access to EU documents rules, clear regulations on conflict of interest and transparency in all EU institutions as well as integrity the spending of EU funds in EU-level party financing.
2. EU justice and home affairs policy to promote the implementation and enforcement of anti-corruption conventions and legislation, better judicial cooperation through the creation of a European public prosecutor and the creation of an anti-corruption reporting mechanism (EU Anti-Corruption Report) for all EU countries.
3. EU private sector policy to promote anti-corruption in the corporate responsibility programmes of EU-listed companies, including the extractive industry; to promote anti-corruption as a cornerstone of EU private sector policy, in particular against foreign bribery; and to ensure theintegration of transparency/accountability into the EU financial market recovery measures, the single supervisory mechanism and structures and supervision of the EU financial system.
4. EU as a global actor: Enlargement and European neighbourhood policy to enhance the efficacy of enlargement and ENP anti-corruption policy, programming and funding for these countries. Particular focus is on ensuring early, effective and sustainable implementation of anti-corruption conditions in the enlargement and ENP Policy frameworks. In EU development policy we seek to raise awareness that corruption is a major obstacle to development and to integrate the anti-corruption measures and civil society participation into the EU development cooperation policies, programmes and instruments. Ensure anti-money laundering legislation and practices that prevent illicit flows of money acquired through corrupt means.
100%: 12 25%: 7
Transparency International EU coordinates the EU advocacy work of Transparency International. Most interactions with EU decision-makers happen in Brussels with staff members of TI EU. As of April 2015 TI EU has 12 staff members (including interns). Given that TI EU’s work is targeted at the EU institutions we assume that the entire activity of the office falls under the remit of the Transparency Register. Detailed information including portfolios and contact details of TI EU staff can always be found on our website under www.transparencyinternational.eu/contact-us/
TI EU also publishes all meetings of its staff members with EU decision-makers here: www.transparencyinternational.eu/about-us/ti-eu-meetings/
The International Secretariat of TI in Berlin leads the global and regional advocacy work of TI and some of the programmes, activities and projects seek to influence the EU Institutions and their decision-making process. This can either be as part of campaigns exclusively aimed at the EU or as part of global or regional activities that aim at a range of actors. As of April 2015 TI-S estimates that the equivalent of 5 people devote about 25% of their time to activities that are covered by the EU Transparency Register.
National chapters of Transparency International on occasion also seek to influence the EU Institutions or their decision-making process and meet for example with members of the European Parliament or Commissioners in their respective member states (without the involvement of TI EU). Following a survey among national chapters we estimate that as of April 2015 the equivalent of 2 people devote about 25% of their time to activities that fall under the remit of the Transparency Register.
This registration seeks to comply with the “single entry principle” and provide relevant information on the EU advocacy activity of Transparency International as a global movement. In that sense we seek to facilitate information gathering and to increase transparency of advocacy information for the general public as much as possible. Therefore we have to gather and combine information from Transparency International’s Secretariat, Transparency International EU and the more than 100 national chapters of Transparency International. All these organisations are separate legal entities and there is no direct legal connection between Transparency International’s Secretariat and national chapters. This registration thus relies on those separate legal entities to provide the relevant information and to keep it updated.
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Transparency International consists of more than 100 chapters – locally established, independent organisations – that fight corruption in their respective countries. 26 of these national chapters are located in EU member states (with the exceptions of Poland and Malta). The latest list of national chapters of Transparency International can be found here:
Transparency International also has 30 individual members that contribute diverse international experience and expertise to the Transparency International movement. Along with accredited national chapters, they are voting members of the Annual Membership Meeting. The latest list of individual members can be found here: www.transparency.org/whoweare/organisation/individual_members/0/
Transparency International EU is part of the Transparency International movement, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
Transparency International is a global network including more than 100 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These bodies fight corruption in the national arena in a number of ways. TI’s global network of chapters and contacts also use advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.
Transparency International as a global movement works with a large number of other actors on specific aspects – national governments, international organisations, civil society, media, the private sector and individual citizens.
Transparency International is part of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Civil Society Coalition (www.uncaccoalition.org). It also is a member of the Financial Transparency Coalition and together we work on anti-money-laundering and country-by-country reporting (www.financialtransparency.org). Transparency International EU is also represented on the board of Finance Watch by Jacques Terray, Vice-chair of TI France (www.finance-watch.org).
01/2013 - 12/2013
1,000,000 € - 1,249,999 €
DG Devco + DG Research & Innovation + DG Home Affairs + DG Education & Sport + DG Enlargement + OLAF + Europe Aid
Transparency International as a global movement does not have a single budget. The International Secretariat in Berlin, Transparency International EU in Brussels and the more than 100 national chapters (including 26 in the EU) are all separate legal entities with their own separate budgets and funding sources.
In order to comply with the “single entry principle” and in order to allow the public to get a quick overview of the EU advocacy activities of Transparency International as a global movement we have tried to provide the most meaningful figures by adding up the different budgets of TI affiliate organisations across the world which, from an accounting point of view, are completely separate.
While the total budget provided in this section is the combined budget of the International Secretariat and Transparency International EU in Brussels, the estimated costs attributable to activities covered by the Register include the advocacy activities of the International Secretariat, Transparency International EU and all TI national chapters.
Transparency International is transparent about the sources of its funding. Additional information can always be found on the following websites or upon request to the specific entities:
Funding information of the International Secretariat can be found here:
Funding information of Transparency International EU can be found here:http://www.transparencyinternational.eu/about-us/our-accountability/
Information of funding of national chapters is available on their respective websites which can be found here: http://www.transparency.org/whoweare/contact
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.
The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
All staff of Transparency International EU are bound to the Code of Conduct that can be found here: http://transparencyinternational.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/TI-EU-Code-of-Conduct_final.pdf