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Fighting corruption at global level

The UN Convention against corruption includes a non-exhaustive list of types of corruption in a series of provisions aimed at criminalising corruption, including private sector corruption. These types of corruption-related crimes are listed in Chapter III of UNCAC as follows:

  • Bribery of national and foreign public officials and officials of public international organisations (Articles 15 and 16)
  • Embezzlement, misappropriation or other diversion of property by a public official (Article 17)
  • Trading in influence (Article 18)
  • Abuse of functions (Article 19)
  • Illicit enrichment (Article 20)
  • Bribery in the private sector (Article 21)
  • Embezzlement of property in the private sector (Article 22)
  • Laundering of proceeds of crime (Article 23)
  • Concealment (Article 24)
  • Obstruction of Justice (Article 25)

On 3 May 2023, the Commission updated its EU legislative framework on the fight against corruption to bring it in line with the UN Convention Against Corruption. For more information see here.

Corruption in the EU’s external policies

Fighting corruption is also a global goal of the EU, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions. From 2014 to 2020, support to anti-corruption projects and measures by the EU and its countries steadily increased and reached over EUR 770 million worldwide.

The Commission’s work on promoting integrity and good governance in partner countries remains a strong mission. For the 2021-2027 financial framework period, the Commission plans to support work on anti-corruption in 50+ partner countries through a comprehensive approach:

  • To invest in improving transparency
  • To fight impunity
  • To strengthen anti-corruption agencies
  • Support national human rights institutions
  • Assist investigative capacities
  • Aid justice reform
  • Prevent money laundering
  • Enhance international cooperation
  • Support civil society actors

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