Athens meeting 2002
Athens Statement on Political Corruption
Statement following the TI Western Europe group meeting in Athens
13-15 September 2002
Representatives of the TI Western Europe group's chapters and contacts met in Athens, Greece, on 13-15 September 2002 to exchange national experiences of political corruption in Europe and about the action of their national parliaments and governments to address this problem. The meeting was hosted by TI Greece. Delegates from 11 countries attended: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. Members of the TI-Secretariat were also present.
All delegates recognised the importance of transparency in the financial activities of political parties as a means of exposing potentially corrupt practices and influences, and the need for civil society to play an active role in this respect. Following a constructive exchange of views and information, they all agreed to work towards implementing minimum standards for transparency in that field in all European States. To that end the delegates resolved to produce a draft statement of principles for transparency in political party funding and election spending to be presented for adoption by the TI Western Europe group at its meeting during TI's Annual General Meeting in Casablanca in October 2002.
In addition, they agreed to produce and publish a report to analyse the current regulatory and legislative framework dealing with transparency requirements for political party funding and expenditure in Western European states. The report also deals with current standards of enforcement and contain detailed recommendations for legislative and regulatory reform and modernisation, where relevant.
Delegates recognised the work already done by other TI groups on political party funding, but noted that European States varied in their approach to transparency, with some States still having no regulation or legislation in the area .
Delegates stated that they value the work of the Council of Europe on the financing of political parties and that TI would make contributions to it. They also took into consideration the work of the EU in examining the issue as part of the programme of preparation for EU enlargement following the Nice Treaty. They recognised the urgency and importance of that work in light of the potential enlargement of the EU from 2004. The TI delegates therefore pledged the support and contribution of their chapters to the work of the EU in this area.
Adopted by meeting participants:
Arvanitakis, A. TI-Hellas Secretariat
The TI Western Europe group:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.
The Western European group chapters represented in Athens call on all European chapters to contribute to the discussion and to work in collaboration on the issues noted in this statement.
Expert Meeting on Political Finance Regulations, Athens 2002:
11 case studies of regulatory frameworks
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in France
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in Germany
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in Greece
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in Iceland
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in Italy
- Political Corruption Party Financing Portugal
- Political Corruption Party Financing Slovakia
- Political Corruption Party Financing Spain
- Political Corruption Party Financing Switzerland
- Political Corruption and Party Financing in Turkey
- Political Corruption and Party Financing Western Europe - overview