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O-000021/2018 (B8-0024/2018)

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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2018
Question for oral answer O-000021/2018
to the Commission
Rule 128
Ingeborg Gräßle, on behalf of the Committee on Budgetary Control

 Subject: Anti-corruption
 Answer in plenary 

Corruption affects the functioning of the EU. However, there are big differences among the Member States. Some figures indicate that the cost of corruption amounts to EUR 120 billion annually, while others show that it could be as high as EUR 900 billion. In 2011 the Commission, acknowledging the problem, came up with an anti-corruption package containing a set of measures to fight corruption, including an EU anti-corruption report which provided European citizens with a credible comparative assessment of corruption (excluding the EU institutions). The report identified measures to enable Member States to address corruption more effectively. The Commission recognised that it is in the Union’s common interest to ensure that all Member States have efficient anti-corruption policies. The report therefore sought to promote high anti-corruption standards by highlighting weaknesses and issuing recommendations. The package foresaw the EU’s participation in the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO). Six years later, the situation is deteriorating: the Commission discontinued the report entirely despite the statement by Commissioner Timmermans in October 2016, the GRECO negotiations are stalled, and the EU is not fulfilling its duties under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

1. What was the reason behind the discontinuation of the EU anti-corruption report, and why did the Commission not present the second report which had already been prepared?

2. As the anti-corruption report and the European Semester recommendations are not alternatives to each other, and in fact could complement each other well, how does the Commission intend to complement the Semester recommendations in order to tackle the other aspects of corruption?

3. How does the Commission intend to guarantee that the EU institutions are free of any forms of corruption? When will the Commission assess its own compliance with UNCAC?

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