European Neighbourhood East Region: National Integrity Systems

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What’s at stake?

Systemic corruption remains a major problem in the Eastern Neighbourhood, threatening development and stability as well as credibility of institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Our Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 shows that these countries suffer from high levels of corruption, with all countries scoring below 50 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (least corrupt), and Azerbaijan on 28 and Ukraine on 25. As members of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, these corruption risks present significant obstacles to adopting democratic standards and ensuring economic, political and social growth.

What we’re doing about it

While some progress has been made in adopting as well as enforcing anti-corruption laws in the European Neighbourhood East region, these efforts have not yet led to desired effects or results on the ground. They tend to target one specific area or another, rather than following a systemic approach.

To design and implement the needed reforms, it is critical to assess the situation more in detail. Transparency International’s holistic National Integrity System approach provides this information. By analysing integrity mechanisms and institutions across all sectors of society, it identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the governance institutions in the fight against corruption and provides directions for future anti-corruption reforms and strengthening of transparency, integrity and accountability.  

Who’s involved

The project National Integrity System Assessments in the European Neighbourhood East Region is implemented by our national chapters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The project is funded by the European Union. It runs from March 2013 to August 2015. The apportioned grant by EU for this project is in the amount of €680,517.92 (90 per cent of the total budget).

Our approach

Through in-depth research at the national level, our National Integrity System assessments show the performance and corruption risks of a full range of institutions and actors that contribute to transparency, integrity and accountability. Institutions examined include: public and private sector bodies, law enforcement agencies, civil society, media and the judiciary.

The National Integrity System methodology offers the European Neighbourhood governments and citizens a detailed assessment of their current anti-corruption systems.

During the assessment phase, hundreds of experts, decision-makers and ordinary citizens will be consulted. Their input and advice will help us identify areas requiring priority action to ensure adequate anti-corruption and integrity measures are in place.  

Based on these findings, the project partners – Transparency International chapters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – will develop tailor-made recommendations and solutions to address the weaknesses identified in the assessments. Regional and national activities and events will be organised to raise public awareness of how the countries’ anti-corruption systems are functioning, as well as to highlight what measures must be adopted to improve these institutions.

The research results will also allow for comparison across the region. These results will be captured in a regional report.

Timeline and results

  • May 2013: National Integrity Systems project kick-off workshop in Berlin
  • November 2013: Advocacy workshop in Berlin
  • July 2014: Publication of National Integrity Systems assessments of Azerbaijan and Moldova in Brussels
  • April - July 2015: Publication of National Integrity Systems assessments of Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine
  • 2 July 2015: Publication of regional report 'The State of Corruption: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine' and launch event in Brussels
  • June 2013 - July 2015: Public discussions, conferences, and workshops to promote NIS findings to national and international stakeholders and to advance anti-corruption reforms


Contact us

Giulia Sorbi, Project Coordinator

Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck, Communications and media

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This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Transparency International and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Country / Territory - Armenia   |   Azerbaijan   |   Georgia   |   Moldova   |   Ukraine   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Civil society   |   Politics and government   |   Private sector   |   Public services   |   Surveys   

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