TEPSA has coordinated a study requested by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). The study was authored by Rosana Gardiandia, Research Fellow in Labour Exploitation and Human Rights at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), United Kingdom. The study is entitled “Corruption and human rights in third countries: developments in EU external action since 2017”.
In 2017, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on corruption and human rights in third countries which included a set of practical recommendations on corruption and human rights in EU external relations. This briefing analyses the progress made by EU actors in implementing those recommendations. It focuses on development and human rights tools addressed in the EP 2017 Resolution, including EU funded projects and programmes, technical cooperation, EU human rights dialogues and public diplomacy, as well as support for whistle-blowers and civil society organisations exposing corruption. It concludes that, while action has been taken on various fronts to support anti-corruption efforts in third countries following the recommendations, a more systematic approach to corruption and human rights could be taken in some areas. Cooperation between EU actors and enhanced capacity building on corruption and human rights are also key elements for a successful anti-corruption strategy in EU external action.