Brussels, 9 December 2021
On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, the Commission recalls the importance of fighting corruption both inside and outside the EU. Corruption erodes public trust and institutions, can lead to human rights abuses, and threatens sustainable development. It remains a major security threat and a driving force behind organised crime.
The fight against corruption is key to safeguarding the rule of law across the EU and a top priority for the Commission, as outlined in the EU Security Union Strategy (2020-2025) and the EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime (2021-2025).
The annual Rule of Law Report allows the Commission to promote the rule of law and to address concerns before problems arise or deepen, and from next year, the reports will come with specific recommendations to Member States.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) work together against corruption and fraud involving EU money. Through international partnerships the EU supports anti-corruption programmes globally.
The EU is also undertaking a review of the implementation of its international obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption – fulfilling our commitments and strengthening the EU’s role in the global fight against corruption.