Workshop: Can the EU Lisbon Treaty drive change? Implications for policy and operations
As influential global player, the EU should do more to fight corruption inside and outside of the EU. It is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption, according to Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Even in the EU, citizens perceive corruption as a widespread phenomenon, with 88% urging the European Union (EU) to do more in the fight against corruption (2009 Eurobarometer survey).
This special EU workshop session aims at stimulating a vibrant discussion of and delivering answers to the following questions:
• Does the Lisbon Treaty help reinforce trust in the EU as responsible global player?
• Does the Lisbon Treaty reinforce the fight against corruption in the 27 EU member states?
• Will the Lisbon Treaty reinforce trust in EU institutions during the economic crisis?
Internally and externally, the EU is currently undergoing significant structural changes, acquiring new legislative and decision-making powers relevant to combating corruption both within European Union Member States and, globally, within and vis-à-vis its partner countries around the world. This could improve the EU’s leverage to insist on good governance and anti-corruption reform and provisions in the EU 27 as well as in developing countries, at EU and global fora, such as the G8 and G20.
Under the new legal framework, the way is also paved for the establishment of new bodies, such as the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to coordinate cross-border crime investigations, and the EU External Action Service, incl. an EU Diplomatic Corps and EU High Representative in charge of the EU’s Foreign Affairs. In addition, the EU’s five years agenda in the Justice and Home Affairs area (Stockholm Programme) presents effective tools to tackle financial crime, corruption and integrity-gaps.
In a globalised world that is still coping with the impact of the global economic crisis, all these structural alterations offer a unique momentum to push the fight against corruption forward.
David Lipman, Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to Thailand
Director, Francesca MOSCA, DG EuropeAid, Quality of Operations Unit
Advisor to the Director General, Paul Lachal ROBERTS, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
MEP, Ana Maria GOMES, European Parliament
MEP, Cornelis de JONG, European Parliament
Moderation: Shirin Wheeler, BBC journalist