The European Union's Fight Against Corruption: The Evolving Policy Towards Member States and Candidate Countries

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 11, 2010 - Law - 305 pages
The fight against corruption emerged as one of the most significant issues during the 2004 enlargement of the EU and gained even more importance with the accession of Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. In order to prepare candidate countries for membership, the EU found it necessary to create new institutions and mechanisms to address corruption. Patrycja Szarek-Mason traces the development of the EU anti-corruption framework, showing how recent enlargements transformed EU policy and highlighting inequities between the treatment of candidate countries and existing Member States. The experience gained during the 2004 enlargement led to a more robust anti-corruption stance during the accession of Bulgaria and Romania and will have implications for future enlargements of the EU. However, the framework can still be strengthened to address corruption adequately and promote higher standards among Member States, especially through greater use of 'soft law' in the form of mutually agreed, non-legally binding policy recommendations.

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About the author (2010)

Patrycja Szarek-Mason received her law degrees from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and the University of Ghent. She taught various European Union law courses at the University of Edinburgh, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in 2008. Since 2003, her research has focused on the requirements of EU membership in the area of anti-corruption policy.

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