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2017/2028(INI) Corruption and human rights in third countries

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET AUŠTREVIČIUS Petras (icon: ALDE ALDE) ADAKTUSSON Lars (icon: PPE PPE), GOMES Ana (icon: S&D S&D), BASHIR Amjad (icon: ECR ECR), SOLÉ Jordi (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), CORRAO Ignazio (icon: EFDD EFDD)
Committee Opinion DEVE Louis MICHEL (icon: ALDE ALDE), Eleni THEOCHAROUS (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion INTA GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline (icon: S&D S&D) David CAMPBELL BANNERMAN (icon: ECR ECR), Tokia SAÏFI (icon: PPE PPE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
RoP 54

Events

2017/09/13
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/09/13
   EP - Decision by Parliament
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 578 votes to 19 with 68 abstentions a resolution on corruption and human rights in third countries.

The need for action : Parliament called for collective action at national and international level to prevent and combat corruption, given that corruption spreads across borders. It invited Member States to participate in international fora to reach joint decisions on best practices and policies tailored to the particular situation of each region.

Members called for the development of a EU anti-corruption strategy . They also called for the establishment of effective policy and legal frameworks for the management of natural resource management with special attention devoted to those capital flows which result from the extraction of ores and minerals from mines in conflict areas.

Corruption and human rights in EU bilateral relations : Parliament proposed the permanent monitoring of EU-funded projects and that recipient country authorities should be held accountable if EU funds are not used appropriately. The EU is invited in particular to:

conduct audits of grants, loans and assistance packages, and carry out rigorous audits by governments and beneficiary organisations; incorporate an anti-corruption clause into agreements with third countries; develop principles to improve transparency, combat impunity and strengthen anti-corruption agencies; provide funds to support the implementation of programmes for civil society actors, including anti-corruption and human rights organisations, journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers; consider legislation to establish clear criteria for blacklisting third-country nationals and members of their families who are guilty of serious human rights violations; bring the Magnitsky sanctions list against the 32 Russian state officials responsible for the death of Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky to the Council as soon as possible for its adoption.

The resolution also recommended:

paving the way for the formation of task forces between Member States’ embassies and EU Delegations in third countries, to collect information from the European Union on corruption networks and intermediaries; tackling the problems of organised crime, corruption and money laundering within its own borders by conducting self-assessments and regular reporting in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its review mechanism; launching discussions at the UN level on strengthening standards on the independence and mandates of anti-corruption agencies. Members supported the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on financial crime, corruption and human rights with a comprehensive mandate; adopting measures and improve coordination of strategies to combat trafficking in human beings ; fully implementing the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Members recommended introducing standards and codes for monitoring compliance and combating corruption in companies; requiring companies to publish information on the acquisition of land in third countries and to upgrade their support to developing countries as a means to address corruption in land deals; ending serious abuses, including electoral fraud and corruption linked to electoral processes that threaten democracy, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary; ensuring that the sporting governing bodies and international anti-corruption agencies and NGOs cooperate in order to establish transparent and verifiable human rights commitments to be made by the organisers of major sporting events; applying a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to tax havens and money laundering, in particular through the implementation of country-by-country reporting standards in Europe and third countries; multinationals would be required to submit reports in order to prevent corruption and tax evasion.

Lastly, following the recent ‘ Azerbaijani Laundromat’ revelations, Parliament strongly condemned attempts by Azerbaijan and other autocratic regimes in third countries to influence European decision-makers through illicit means. It called for a comprehensive Parliament investigation into the abovementioned allegations and, more broadly, into the influence exerted by such regimes.

Documents
2017/09/13
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/09/12
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/06/29
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary
Details

The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted an own-initiative report drawn up by Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS (ALDE, LT) on corruption and human rights in third countries.

The Committee on Development, exercising its prerogative as an associated committee in accordance with Article 54 of the Rules of Procedure, also gave its opinion on the report.

The need for action : the report called for collective action at national and international level to prevent and combat corruption, given that corruption spreads across borders. It invited Member States to participate in international fora to reach joint decisions on best practices and policies tailored to the particular situation of each region.

Members believe that the fight against corruption should be part of a partnership-based approach between the public and private sectors, while calling for further efforts to implement and enforce existing national and international anti-corruption instruments. They also pointed out that the development of an EU anti-corruption strategy is essential to combat corruption and financial crime.

The report called for the establishment of effective policy and legal frameworks for the management of natural resource management . In the context of the prevention of illicit financial flows, it recommended that particular attention be paid to the flow of capital resulting from the extraction of ores and minerals from mines in conflict zones.

Corruption and human rights in EU bilateral relations : Members proposed the permanent monitoring of EU-funded projects and that recipient country authorities should be held accountable if EU funds are not used appropriately. The EU is invited in particular to:

conduct audits of grants, loans and assistance packages, and carry out rigorous audits by governments and beneficiary organisations; incorporate an anti-corruption clause , in addition to human rights clauses into agreements with third countries; develop principles covering both human rights and the fight against corruption, in particular principles to improve transparency, combat impunity and strengthen anti-corruption agencies; provide funds to support the implementation of programmes for civil society actors, including anti-corruption and human rights organisations, journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers; consider legislation to establish clear criteria for blacklisting third-country nationals and members of their families who are guilty of serious human rights violations.

The Commission is invited to: (i) support developing countries fighting tax evasion and avoidance; (ii) introduce anti-corruption and anti-money laundering provisions that are enforceable in all future trade agreements; and (iii) consider suspending the benefits of an agreement when the partner in question fails to comply with its anticorruption commitments.

The report also recommended:

paving the way for the formation of task forces between Member States’ embassies and EU Delegations in third countries, to collect information from the European Union on corruption networks and intermediaries which should be conveyed to EU institutions through diplomatic and safe channels; tackling the problems of organised crime, corruption and money laundering within its own borders by conducting self-assessments and regular reporting in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its review mechanism; launching discussions at the UN level on strengthening standards on the independence and mandates of anti-corruption agencies. Members supported the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on financial crime, corruption and human rights with a comprehensive mandate; adopting measures and improve coordination of strategies to combat trafficking in human beings ; fully implementing the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Members recommended that the Union should support measures to introduce standards and codes for monitoring compliance and combating corruption in companies and that candidates for public procurement should be subject to a strict anti-corruption code and to principles of good tax governance; requiring companies to publish information on the acquisition of land in third countries and to upgrade their support to developing countries to ensure effective implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) as a means to address corruption in land deals; ending serious abuses, including electoral fraud and corruption linked to electoral processes that threaten democracy, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary; ensuring that the sporting governing bodies and international anti-corruption agencies and NGOs cooperate in order to establish transparent and verifiable human rights commitments to be made by the organisers of major sporting events; applying a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to tax havens and money laundering, in particular through the implementation of country-by-country reporting standards in Europe and third countries; multinationals would be required to submit reports in order to prevent corruption and tax evasion.

Lastly, Members believe that Parliament stated that it resolved to prepare a regular updating report on corruption and human rights during every legislative term.

Documents
2017/06/20
   EP - Vote in committee
2017/06/02
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2017/05/31
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2017/05/08
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/03/27
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/03/20
   EP - GRASWANDER-HAINZ Karoline (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2017/03/16
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2017/03/16
   EP - Referral to associated committees announced in Parliament
2016/05/25
   EP - AUŠTREVIČIUS Petras (ALDE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET

Documents

Votes

A8-0246/2017 - Petras Auštrevičius - Am 1 13/09/2017 12:52:52.000 #

2017/09/13 Outcome: +: 349, -: 290, 0: 42
IT FR BE GB ES NL SE AT MT LU EL DE FI DK CY IE HU PT EE LT LV SK SI CZ HR RO BG PL
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A8-0246/2017 - Petras Auštrevičius - Résolution 13/09/2017 12:53:08.000 #

2017/09/13 Outcome: +: 578, 0: 68, -: 19
DE IT PL GB FR ES RO BE SE CZ NL BG AT SK DK PT HR HU LT FI SI IE LU MT EE EL LV CY
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AmendmentsDossier
366 2017/2028(INI)
2017/05/04 DEVE 29 amendments...
source: 604.550
2017/05/09 AFET 289 amendments...
source: 603.091
2017/05/10 INTA 48 amendments...
source: 604.642

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  • date: 2017-03-16T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2017-06-29T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2017-0246&language=EN title: A8-0246/2017 summary: The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted an own-initiative report drawn up by Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS (ALDE, LT) on corruption and human rights in third countries. The Committee on Development, exercising its prerogative as an associated committee in accordance with Article 54 of the Rules of Procedure, also gave its opinion on the report. The need for action : the report called for collective action at national and international level to prevent and combat corruption, given that corruption spreads across borders. It invited Member States to participate in international fora to reach joint decisions on best practices and policies tailored to the particular situation of each region. Members believe that the fight against corruption should be part of a partnership-based approach between the public and private sectors, while calling for further efforts to implement and enforce existing national and international anti-corruption instruments. They also pointed out that the development of an EU anti-corruption strategy is essential to combat corruption and financial crime. The report called for the establishment of effective policy and legal frameworks for the management of natural resource management . In the context of the prevention of illicit financial flows, it recommended that particular attention be paid to the flow of capital resulting from the extraction of ores and minerals from mines in conflict zones. Corruption and human rights in EU bilateral relations : Members proposed the permanent monitoring of EU-funded projects and that recipient country authorities should be held accountable if EU funds are not used appropriately. The EU is invited in particular to: conduct audits of grants, loans and assistance packages, and carry out rigorous audits by governments and beneficiary organisations; incorporate an anti-corruption clause , in addition to human rights clauses into agreements with third countries; develop principles covering both human rights and the fight against corruption, in particular principles to improve transparency, combat impunity and strengthen anti-corruption agencies; provide funds to support the implementation of programmes for civil society actors, including anti-corruption and human rights organisations, journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers; consider legislation to establish clear criteria for blacklisting third-country nationals and members of their families who are guilty of serious human rights violations. The Commission is invited to: (i) support developing countries fighting tax evasion and avoidance; (ii) introduce anti-corruption and anti-money laundering provisions that are enforceable in all future trade agreements; and (iii) consider suspending the benefits of an agreement when the partner in question fails to comply with its anticorruption commitments. The report also recommended: paving the way for the formation of task forces between Member States’ embassies and EU Delegations in third countries, to collect information from the European Union on corruption networks and intermediaries which should be conveyed to EU institutions through diplomatic and safe channels; tackling the problems of organised crime, corruption and money laundering within its own borders by conducting self-assessments and regular reporting in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its review mechanism; launching discussions at the UN level on strengthening standards on the independence and mandates of anti-corruption agencies. Members supported the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on financial crime, corruption and human rights with a comprehensive mandate; adopting measures and improve coordination of strategies to combat trafficking in human beings ; fully implementing the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Members recommended that the Union should support measures to introduce standards and codes for monitoring compliance and combating corruption in companies and that candidates for public procurement should be subject to a strict anti-corruption code and to principles of good tax governance; requiring companies to publish information on the acquisition of land in third countries and to upgrade their support to developing countries to ensure effective implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) as a means to address corruption in land deals; ending serious abuses, including electoral fraud and corruption linked to electoral processes that threaten democracy, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary; ensuring that the sporting governing bodies and international anti-corruption agencies and NGOs cooperate in order to establish transparent and verifiable human rights commitments to be made by the organisers of major sporting events; applying a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to tax havens and money laundering, in particular through the implementation of country-by-country reporting standards in Europe and third countries; multinationals would be required to submit reports in order to prevent corruption and tax evasion. Lastly, Members believe that Parliament stated that it resolved to prepare a regular updating report on corruption and human rights during every legislative term.
  • date: 2017-09-12T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20170912&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2017-09-13T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=30036&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-09-13T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0346 title: T8-0346/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 578 votes to 19 with 68 abstentions a resolution on corruption and human rights in third countries. The need for action : Parliament called for collective action at national and international level to prevent and combat corruption, given that corruption spreads across borders. It invited Member States to participate in international fora to reach joint decisions on best practices and policies tailored to the particular situation of each region. Members called for the development of a EU anti-corruption strategy . They also called for the establishment of effective policy and legal frameworks for the management of natural resource management with special attention devoted to those capital flows which result from the extraction of ores and minerals from mines in conflict areas. Corruption and human rights in EU bilateral relations : Parliament proposed the permanent monitoring of EU-funded projects and that recipient country authorities should be held accountable if EU funds are not used appropriately. The EU is invited in particular to: conduct audits of grants, loans and assistance packages, and carry out rigorous audits by governments and beneficiary organisations; incorporate an anti-corruption clause into agreements with third countries; develop principles to improve transparency, combat impunity and strengthen anti-corruption agencies; provide funds to support the implementation of programmes for civil society actors, including anti-corruption and human rights organisations, journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers; consider legislation to establish clear criteria for blacklisting third-country nationals and members of their families who are guilty of serious human rights violations; bring the Magnitsky sanctions list against the 32 Russian state officials responsible for the death of Russian whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky to the Council as soon as possible for its adoption. The resolution also recommended: paving the way for the formation of task forces between Member States’ embassies and EU Delegations in third countries, to collect information from the European Union on corruption networks and intermediaries; tackling the problems of organised crime, corruption and money laundering within its own borders by conducting self-assessments and regular reporting in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its review mechanism; launching discussions at the UN level on strengthening standards on the independence and mandates of anti-corruption agencies. Members supported the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on financial crime, corruption and human rights with a comprehensive mandate; adopting measures and improve coordination of strategies to combat trafficking in human beings ; fully implementing the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Members recommended introducing standards and codes for monitoring compliance and combating corruption in companies; requiring companies to publish information on the acquisition of land in third countries and to upgrade their support to developing countries as a means to address corruption in land deals; ending serious abuses, including electoral fraud and corruption linked to electoral processes that threaten democracy, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary; ensuring that the sporting governing bodies and international anti-corruption agencies and NGOs cooperate in order to establish transparent and verifiable human rights commitments to be made by the organisers of major sporting events; applying a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to tax havens and money laundering, in particular through the implementation of country-by-country reporting standards in Europe and third countries; multinationals would be required to submit reports in order to prevent corruption and tax evasion. Lastly, following the recent ‘ Azerbaijani Laundromat’ revelations, Parliament strongly condemned attempts by Azerbaijan and other autocratic regimes in third countries to influence European decision-makers through illicit means. It called for a comprehensive Parliament investigation into the abovementioned allegations and, more broadly, into the influence exerted by such regimes.
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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted an own-initiative report drawn up by Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS (ALDE, LT) on corruption and human rights in third countries.

      The Committee on Development, exercising its prerogative as an associated committee in accordance with Article 54 of the Rules of Procedure, also gave its opinion on the report.

      The need for action: the report called for collective action at national and international level to prevent and combat corruption, given that corruption spreads across borders. It invited Member States to participate in international fora to reach joint decisions on best practices and policies tailored to the particular situation of each region.

      Members believe that the fight against corruption should be part of a partnership-based approach between the public and private sectors, while calling for further efforts to implement and enforce existing national and international anti-corruption instruments. They also pointed out that the development of an EU anti-corruption strategy is essential to combat corruption and financial crime.

      The report called for the establishment of effective policy and legal frameworks for the management of natural resource management. In the context of the prevention of illicit financial flows, it recommended that particular attention be paid to the flow of capital resulting from the extraction of ores and minerals from mines in conflict zones.

      Corruption and human rights in EU bilateral relations: Members proposed the permanent monitoring of EU-funded projects and that recipient country authorities should be held accountable if EU funds are not used appropriately. The EU is invited in particular to:

      • conduct audits of grants, loans and assistance packages, and carry out rigorous audits by governments and beneficiary organisations;
      • incorporate an anti-corruption clause, in addition to human rights clauses into agreements with third countries;
      • develop principles covering both human rights and the fight against corruption, in particular principles to improve transparency, combat impunity and strengthen anti-corruption agencies;
      • provide funds to support the implementation of programmes for civil society actors, including anti-corruption and human rights organisations, journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers;
      • consider legislation to establish clear criteria for blacklisting third-country nationals and members of their families who are guilty of serious human rights violations.

      The Commission is invited to: (i) support developing countries fighting tax evasion and avoidance; (ii) introduce anti-corruption and anti-money laundering provisions that are enforceable in all future trade agreements; and (iii) consider suspending the benefits of an agreement when the partner in question fails to comply with its anticorruption commitments.

      The report also recommended:

      • paving the way for the formation of task forces between Member States’ embassies and EU Delegations in third countries, to collect information from the European Union on corruption networks and intermediaries which should be conveyed to EU institutions through diplomatic and safe channels;
      • tackling the problems of organised crime, corruption and money laundering within its own borders by conducting self-assessments and regular reporting in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its review mechanism;
      • launching discussions at the UN level on strengthening standards on the independence and mandates of anti-corruption agencies. Members supported the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on financial crime, corruption and human rights with a comprehensive mandate;
      • adopting measures and improve coordination of strategies to combat trafficking in human beings;
      • fully implementing the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. Members recommended that the Union should support measures to introduce standards and codes for monitoring compliance and combating corruption in companies and that candidates for public procurement should be subject to a strict anti-corruption code and to principles of good tax governance;
      • requiring companies to publish information on the acquisition of land in third countries and to upgrade their support to developing countries to ensure effective implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) as a means to address corruption in land deals;
      • ending serious abuses, including electoral fraud and corruption linked to electoral processes that threaten democracy, and to promote an independent, impartial and effective judiciary;
      • ensuring that the sporting governing bodies and international anti-corruption agencies and NGOs cooperate in order to establish transparent and verifiable human rights commitments to be made by the organisers of major sporting events;
      • applying a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to tax havens and money laundering, in particular through the implementation of country-by-country reporting standards in Europe and third countries; multinationals would be required to submit reports in order to prevent corruption and tax evasion.

      Lastly, Members believe that Parliament stated that it resolved to prepare a regular updating report on corruption and human rights during every legislative term.

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