How to Fight Corruption and Uphold the Rule of Law

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Publication Date April 2021
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Corruption damages the economy, can lead to the collapse of governments and diminishes citizens’ trust in institutions. While it may be possible for corrupt systems to coexist with the functioning of the rule of law, in practice the worse the corruption, the more likely it is to endanger the rule of law. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the strength of Europe’s democratic institutions. The post-pandemic recovery fund will be part of the EU’s biggest budget to date, and will be susceptible to corruption, political manipulation and outright fraud. The EU will need a stronger anti-graft strategy to ensure that corruption does not undermine democracy in the member-states, and that the bloc’s post-pandemic budget boosts economic recovery rather than enriching well-connected elites. The Union must upgrade its lines of defence.

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EUobserver: 5th May 2021: What happens now to the EU's post-Covid recovery fund?

European Commission: 2021-: Recovery Plan for Europe

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Regulation (EU) 2021/241 establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility

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