Policy Report regarding contribution that EU and CoE can make to develop and strengthen of anti-corruption regulatory regimes at the national level


ANTICORRP is a large-scale research project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. The full name of the project is “Anti-corruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption”. The project started in March 2012 and will last for five years. The research is conducted by 20 research groups in fifteen countries.
The fundamental purpose of ANTICORRP is to investigate and explain the factors that promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies and impartial government institutions. A central issue is how policy responses can be tailored to deal effectively with various forms of corruption. Through this approach ANTICORRP seeks to advance the knowledge on how corruption can be curbed in Europe and elsewhere. Special emphasis is laid on the agency of different state and non-state actors to contribute to building good governance.


The aim of the present policy report is to:

  • To measure state compliance and implementation of international anti-corruption norms across EU28 Member States;
  • To identify patterns of variation of state compliance and implementation, whether cross-national, or across sectors and issue areas.
  • To present the strength and shortcomings based on the patterns identified.
  • To present conclusions and recommendations based on the patterns identified

Key findings

  • Sweden and Romania only recognise bribery of officials of international organisations where they recognise it as such (i.e., they are a member to the international organisation);
  • Self-laundering has become a standard provision in the legislation of EU Member States.
  • Dual criminality continues to be the standard among EU Member States in relation to coercive measures
  • Liability of legal persons is now more widely used, particularly in criminal liability of legal persons.

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