Convention on fighting corruption


    Convention on fighting corruption

    The Convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 (2) (c) of the Treaty on European Union on the Fight Against Corruption Involving Officials of the European Communities or Officials of Member States of the European Union (‘the Convention’), aims to ensure that each EU country takes the necessary measures to criminalise corruption involving public officials, to fight corruption involving European officials or national officials of Member States and to strengthen judicial cooperation between the Member States in this field. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019

  • Requirements

    The action of whosoever promises or gives, directly or through an intermediary, an advantage of any kind whatsoever to an official (as defined under Article 1(a) of the Convention) for himself or for a third party for him to act or refrain from acting in accordance with his duty or in the exercise of his functions in breach of his official duties shall constitute active corruption for the purpose of the Convention, and shall be criminally punished in accordance with the relevant national law (Article 3 of the Convention). 

    Member States must adopt the necessary provisions to allow heads of businesses or any persons having power to take decisions or exercise control within a business, to be declared criminally liable in accordance with its national law in cases of active corruption (as defined by Article 3 of the Conventionby a person under their authority acting on behalf of the business (Article 6 of the Convention). 

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