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European Union's Fight Against Corruption: The Evolving Policy Towards Member States and Candidate Countries

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ISBN13: 9780521113571
Published: March 2010
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99

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The fight against corruption emerged as one of the most significant issues during the 2004 enlargement of the EU and gained even more importance with the accession of Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. In order to prepare candidate countries for membership, the EU found it necessary to create new institutions and mechanisms to address corruption. Patrycja Szarek-Mason traces the development of the EU anti-corruption framework, showing how recent enlargements transformed EU policy and highlighting inequities between the treatment of candidate countries and existing Member States. The experience gained during the 2004 enlargement led to a more robust anti-corruption stance during the accession of Bulgaria and Romania and will have implications for future enlargements of the EU. However, the framework can still be strengthened to address corruption adequately and promote higher standards among Member States, especially through greater use of ‘soft law’ in the form of mutually agreed, non-legally binding policy recommendations.

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Criminal Law, EU Law
1. Corruption: concept, importance and international response
2. The scope of EU legal powers and development of the policy in the area of anti-corruption
3. The EU strategy against corruption within the Member States
4. Conditionality in the EU accession process
5. The EU's evaluation of corruption in the Central and Eastern European candidate countries
6. The EU anti-corruption strategy towards the Central and Eastern European candidate countries: achievement or missed opportunity?
7. The impact of the 2004 enlargement on the EU anti-corruption policy