The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched by the EU at a Summit
meeting with the Eastern partners on 7 May 2009 in Prague. It sets
out an ambitious path for deeper relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, through a bilateral
and a multilateral dimension. The EaP is based on mutual commitments
to the rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights, and
respect for the rights of minorities, the principles of market economy
and sustainable development. The level of ambition of the EU's relationship
with the Eastern partners will take into account the extent to which
these values are reflected in national practices and policy implementation.
In its second meeting, the Eastern Partnership Platform 1 adopted
its Work Programme for 2009-2011, which mainly focuses cooperation
on the following areas: Democratic Governance; Improved Functioning
of the Judiciary; Public Administration; Fight against Corruption;
Flagship Initiative on Integrated Border Management; Flagship Initiative
on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made
The Corruption component within the Eastern Partnership
(EaP) Platform 1, as a major component stems from the realisation
that there is a need to further enhance co-operation with Eastern
partner countries that face similar challenges in complying with
commitments originating from the Council of Europe’s membership
and its standard-setting instruments. In view of this, in 2010 a
series of “Bridge Activities” took place as a first step in contributing
to look at the progress made so far of the reform processes in the
six partner countries through a multilateral approach, and to facilitate
the processes of the EaP’ Panel on Corruption as processes of bringing
partner countries closer to the European standards. On 1 March 2011,
following the "Bridge Activities" the
Facility was launched in order to enhance good governance
and strengthen the capacities of the public administration and criminal
justice sector in order to effectively prevent and fight corruption
in line with the Council of Europe Conventions and other international
Coming up soon:
Regional Training (2.5): “Political party and electoral campaign financing”
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 18-19 June 2013)
The Project is organising a Regional Training “Political party and electoral campaign financing” to be held in Chisinau on 18-19 April 2013. The aim of this interactive training is to strengthen the capacities of structures/institutions responsible for oversight and auditing of political party and electoral campaign financing in the six Eastern Partnership countries. It is primarily targeted at representatives of such institutions (Central Election Commission, etc.), as well as bodies in charge of investigating possible violations. The training takes the perspective of a financial analyst or investigator, looking at the red flags and patterns of illegal cash-flow to and from political parties and campaigns, and at the possible leads to uncover the illicit financing. It will be a combination of presentations, classroom discussions and group work on practical exercises. Furthermore, the Project will prepare a comprehensive training manual (including the practical cases) in English and Russian to allow the participants to reinforce their newly acquired skills and to support further vocational trainings in their respective countries.
Activities in the past:
Regional Conference (1.5): “Presentation of risk assessment: Typologies of underlying causes of corruption” and 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting
(Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 11 April 2013)
On 11 April 2013, the Project organised the 2nd Regional Conference “Presentation of risk assessment: Typologies of underlying causes of corruption” in Chisinau and brought together about 60 representatives of government institutions responsible for anti-corruption policy advice and prevention of the six Eastern Partnership countries, as well as from civil society and international organisations. The aim of this activity was to present, analyse and discuss the results of the risk assessments carried out by the Project in the framework of the regional risk assessment exercise (Activity 1.4) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in specific sectors, as well as future risk assessments in Belarus and Georgia. Comprehensive and active discussions allowed for a cross-regional exchange on the risk assessments, thus putting their results at use beyond each country.
Furthermore, the Project presented the first draft of a regional Typology Study on underlying institutional causes of corruption prepared on the basis of the results and findings of the above-mentioned four country risk assessments and workshop on methodology (Strasbourg, 19 June 2012). This Study will be updated in light of the results of future risk assessments scheduled to take place in Georgi and Belarus in July and October 2013 respectively, as well as the status of implementation of the recommendations from the other four country risk assessments, and will be presented at the Final Closing Conference on the Project.
The Conference was followed by the 3rd Project Steering Committee meeting which reviewed the progress of project implementation and the planning of next activities.
speech of Mr Chetraru
of Republic of Moldova
Regional activity (2.1): Analysis and typologies on laundering
the proceeds of corruption in transition economies – country
(Kyiv, Ukraine, 27 March 2013)
On 27 March 2013, the Project held meetings with the representatives of the State Financial Monitoring Service and the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine in the framework of the Regional activity (2.1) “Analysis and typologies on laundering the proceeds of corruption in transition economises” aimed at researching and identifying typical patterns of laundering the proceeds of corruption in the Eastern Partnership region and preparing a regional typology study on this subject. The purpose of the country visit was to discuss and get more detailed information on cases, trends and techniques of laundering corruption proceeds in Ukraine. The results of the meetings and provided information (on anonymous basis) will be incorporated in the regional typology study to be finalised and presented to a wider public at the Regional Conference (Activity 2.2).
Pilot Activities in Armenia (3.1): Manual for the Ethics Commission for High-Ranking Officials of Armenia on processing and verifying financial declarations; Workshop on good practices of verifying financial declarations
(Yerevan, Armenia, 20 March 2013)
The aim of these pilot activities is to assist the newly established Ethics Commission for High-Ranking Officials of Armenia with establishing a verification procedure of income and asset declarations of public officials in line with international standards. To this end, the Project has drafted a Manual on processing and verifying financial declarations which includes all aspects of implementing the declarations system, such as standard procedures for analysing declarations, red flags, cooperation with other institutions, implementing sanctions, etc. It is aimed to serve as a guideline for the future work of the Ethics Commission. Furthermore, on 20 March 2013, the Project organised a capacity-building Workshop on good practices of verifying financial declarations aimed at presenting and discussing with Ethics Commissioners the methodology and good practices of verifying financial declarations. The participants also reviewed the first draft of the Manual and to allow for its ensuing finalisation.
Pilot Activity in Ukraine (3.6): Roundtable on liability of legal persons (Kyiv, Ukraine, 5 March 2013)
For several years Ukraine has been trying to introduce liability of legal persons. On 5 March 2013, the Project organised a Roundtable in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine aimed at raising awareness among Ukrainian lawmakers and other relevant stakeholders of the normative and financial benefits of liability of legal persons and thus facilitating adoption of the draft law by the Verkhovna Rada.
The Roundtable brought together over 40 participants from various government institutions, as well as representatives of civil society and academia. The participants had the opportunity to discuss the draft law on liability of legal persons and provide their comments and suggestions for its further improvement.