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Parliamentary questions
14 September 2018
E-002316/2018
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission

The election observation of 2015, to which the Honourable Member refers in the question, was carried out in the context of the Council of Europe activities of monitoring election processes.

The Commission is aware of the serious allegations contained in the Council of Europe's report published on 22 April 2018, finding that several members of the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) broke ethics regulations and conducted activity of a ‘corruptive nature’ in connection with some member countries of the Council of Europe.

The Commission welcomes the thorough work of the External Investigation Body and notes the determination of PACE not to tolerate corruption within its ranks. The EU looks forward to continuing dialogue and working closely with Azerbaijan, including in the fight against corruption.

When specific allegations of corruption arise, such as in the case referred to by the Honourable Member, and these concern EU Member States, it is in the first place the task of the national competent authorities, rather than of the Commission, to enforce and ensure the appropriate follow-up, in accordance with national rules.

However, the fight against corruption is a key element in the European Semester cycle of economic governance, where all Member States are subject to ongoing assessment of their general anti-corruption policy landscape and efforts.

The annual European Semester country reports include analysis of corruption risks and challenges within certain EU Member States, where there are significant obstacles for investment and the business environment, efficient resource allocation, and economic growth.

In several cases, these issues are also reflected in Country Specific Recommendations requesting Member States to take relevant measures(1).

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2018-european-semester-country-specific-recommendations-commission-recommendations_en

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice