Today, the Commission is publishing its third report on combatting corruption in the private sector. The report finds that many Member States have stepped up their efforts to amend their national legislation and bring sanctions linked to corruption in line with the minimum standards required.
The work must continue to enforce punitive measures and eliminate some current limitations to the scope of relevant Council Framework Decision such as, for example, omitting non-profit entities or specifying the conditions in which the offence or corruption may be committed.
In 2003, EU Member States recognised that, with an increase in cross-border trade in goods and services, any corruption in the private sector is not just a domestic problem but a transnational one as well. They also agreed that it is better addressed at the European level.
Following the end of the transition period on 1 December 2014, foreseen by Protocol 36 of the Lisbon Treaty, the limitations on the Commission’s enforcement powers in the areas of police and judicial cooperation have been lifted. It has therefore been able to examine Member States’ efforts in the fight against corruption much more closely since its last report in 2011.
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Report: Commission assesses the extent to which the Member States have taken the necessary measures in order to comply with Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA of 22 July 2003 on combating corruption in the private sector