The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament calls on the
EU to place the fight against corruption at the core of its policies promoting
human rights and democracy, and to include corruption in the scope of the EU
Global Human Rights Sanctions regime (EU Magnitsky Act).
A report, today approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee,
focuses on the EU’s implementation of concrete and practical recommendations,
the need to strengthen the credibility of the EU internal-external coherence as
well as on the support and protection for whistle-blowers and civil society
organisations exposing corruption, including through temporary visa schemes.
Renew Europe urges the EU to formulate a comprehensive global
anti-corruption strategy, which also needs to include programmes under its
external financial instruments such us, the IPA, NDICI - Global Europe and EU
trust funds. At the same time, the role of the European Parliament in the
scrutiny of anti-corruption efforts has to be enhanced.
The victims of corruption must be placed at the core of this
strategy and should be able to participate in judicial proceedings, hold
companies into account and seek remedies for damages caused.
MEP Katalin Cseh (Momentum, Hungary), Vice-President of Renew
Europe and rapporteur on corruption and human rights, said:
“The global retreat of democracies goes hand in hand with the
rise of kleptocracies. Leaders from Alexei Navalny to Uyghur activists keep
reminding us of that. This bold set of recommendations lays out a clear
strategy for the EU to stand up against financial enablers of human rights
abusers, and use our economic power to more effectively stand up for human
rights around the world.”