Anti-corruption provisions in trade agreements can be highly effective

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi presents research to the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade.

International trade agreements have the potential to break the vicious circle of corruption in economies based on privileged connections rather than fair competition, according to research conducted by the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS), which is directed by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Professor of Democracy Studies.

On 24 January, Mungiu-Pippidi presented this and other findings to the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament. The ERCAS report, “Anti-corruption provisions in EU free trade and investment agreements: Delivering on clean trade”, argues that indirect good governance policies, such as trade agreements, are far more effective than direct anti-corruption policies, which rely on domestic implementation and tend to revert back to the vicious circle of corruption.

The INTA workshop was moderated by Bernd Lange, Chair of the Committee on International Trade, with discussants from OECD, Eurochambres, European Commission, World Customs Organization and Transparency International.

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Video of the presentation and full workshop is available here.

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