WP10Monitoring anti-corruption legislation and enforcement in Europe

Led by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), this work package focuses on anti-corruption legislation in EU member states and EU candidate countries. It examines: a) the legal framework introduced at the national level in different sectors of state activity to curb corruption, b) the influence that EU and Council of Europe norms have exerted on its configuration, and c) the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of national rules and norms by domestic judicial and non-judicial authorities.

This work package provides an overview of legislative interventions at the national level against corruption, maps the present state of regulatory framework, its effectiveness and shortcomings, and inquires after the legislative interventions and other initiatives of the EU (for example, the EU public procurement directives to ensure transparency and equal treatment) and the Council of Europe in the field and their impact on national legal regimes. In addition, it examines the practice of domestic judicial and quasi-judicial, independent authorities as regards the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of anti-corruption legislation.

Finally, the aim of the research in WP10 is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms under which the proceedings of corruption have been concealed and to develop mechanisms and policy options to increase the exchange among countries of financial information leading to the recovery of such proceeds. Special attention is paid to the role of non-state actors that may enhance the enforcement of provisions. The Basel Institute on Governance’s Asset Recovery Centre undertakes the main work on the objectives concerning the concealment and recovery of proceedings from corruption, while a broader consortium group addresses the others.