Eastern Partnership - Council of Europe Facility Project on Good Governance and Fight against Corruption
This project aims at promoting good governance and strengthening the capacities of the public administration and criminal justice sector to prevent and fight corruption and economic crime, in line with CoE conventions and other international treaties. Furthermore it will:
- Build and strengthen further capacities of Eastern Partnership countries to design policy and prevention measures;
- Provide countries with the tools for effective law enforcement and policies in the area of economic crime and good governance;
- Ensure that countries efficiently apply and implement European and international standards by also engaging through regional dialogue.
Regional reviews will be conducted to seek good practices that will then be shared in the region through technical and legal advice and through specialised training. Furthermore, specifically tailored assistance and support will be given on:
- Conflict of interest, declaration of assets, financing of political parties;
- Anti-corruption policies, as well as monitoring and implementing national structures;
- Legal framework and tools for efficient investigation and prosecution of economic crime and white collar crime cases;
- Methodologies concerning the typologies on identifying the underlying causes of corruption and laundering of proceeds of crime;
- Standards concerning detection, investigation and criminalisation of economic and financial crimes.
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 disasters.
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 EaP/CoE 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 treaties.