IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Call on the Need for More Effective Anti-Corruption Policies
Call of the Eastern
Partnership Civil Society Forum
Acknowledging that corruption is a systemic phenomenon in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries that has damaging impact on economic, social and democratic development;
Recognizing that it creates serious obstacles for European integration of EaP states; and
Admitting that certain steps have already been taken by EaP governments in order to combat corruption;
Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expresses its deep concern with the slow progress in fighting corruption and assesses it to be a consequence of the lack of genuine political will.
Analyzing common trends in EaP countries we identify the following major challenges that require urgent action:
We call for endorsement of effective anti-corruption mechanisms and implementation of international obligations, including the Open Government Partnership commitments.
We also call the European Union and other international organizations to encourage anti-corruption reforms of EaP states through a special requirement for transparent and accountable governance within the “more for more” conditionality principle, particularly promoting the public scrutiny of international assistance funding.