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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on criminal legislation in the area of prosecution of corruption

Patricija Šulin, Dubravka Šuica

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on criminal legislation in the area of prosecution of corruption  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas corruption, in particular corruption in the public sector and corruption involving holders of public office, has many negative consequences, including wasting public money, damaging confidence and reducing investment;

B.     whereas society must adopt a zero-tolerance approach to corruption;

C.     whereas the openness of economies and international business increases the international dimension of corruption;

D.     whereas the identity of whistleblowers needs to be protected, including internationally;

E.     whereas the Member States’ differing definitions and procedural standards with respect to corruption in criminal law and procedural law make it harder to tackle corruption effectively;

F.     whereas differences in national legislation in corruption cases with an international dimension can lead to an absurd situation where alleged providers of benefits in one country are acquitted while in another country the alleged recipients of benefits are found guilty;

1.      Calls on the Commission, with a view to more effectively tackling corruption, especially that which involves an international dimension, to draw up legislation or guidelines for greater coordination of:

a) the Member States’ national criminal legislation in the area of the criminal prosecution of corruption, and 

b) special programmes to protect whistleblowers.

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