Corruption and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
The fight against corruption figures high on the agenda of the European Neighbourhood Policy, with all ENP reference documents including the fight against fraud, corruption and organised crime as part of the reforms partner countries must commit to in their ENP action plans. The two major weaknesses of the ENP as a policy instrument against corruption include the lack of corruption monitoring and benchmarking and insufficient involvement of civil society in the process. No specific anti-corruption mechanism has been put into place to ensure that EC assistance under the ENPI is protected from corruption. As the Commission relies on the regular EU anti-corruption policies and procedures in this matter, ENP funds face similar challenges of transparency and accountability to other EU funds. No public documentation of corruption cases within ENP funds has been unearthed within the time frame of this query.