New publication on transitional allowances for former public office holders, December 2017

We recently presented a new study to the European Parliament on the transitional allowances for former office holders. The study covers practices in a series of institutions such as in the European Parliament, Commission and Council. The arrangements for these institutions are contrasted with approaches in several EU and non-EU countries.

While there is extensive research on what happens to public office holders after the end of their mandate, there is little knowledge on the allowance they receive between jobs. Office holders benefit of networking during their time in office which should put them in a position to secure a new job. As a result they are strongly exposed to conflicts of interest. Transitional allowance are meant to prevent this. However, the study shows that there is no empirical evidence out there on its effectiveness to prevent conflicts of interest. In addition, it is unclear what are the needs of officials following the end of their mandate and office.

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New publication on the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, April 2017

On 27 April 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz and the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion titled: ‘The Impact of Schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on the Economy and Finances of a Sample of Member States’. 

The study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April 2016. The study explores the concepts and roles of tax havens and offshore financial centres, their budgetary, and the economic and financial impacts in a sample of EU Member States. The research combined previous estimates of tax revenue loss with a microeconomic assessment based on data on companies that are thought to be linked to the Panama Papers schemes. The most significant impacts identified are the negative effects on Member States’ budgets, with wider knock-on effects on economic growth and financial markets. It is recommended that further steps are taken at the national, EU and international levels to increase transparency of corporate and individual taxation and to limit the scope for tax evasion and tax avoidance.

The full report can be found here. the presentation slides can be found here

New publication on codes of conduct and conflicts of interest under the EU Structural and Investment Funds, March 2017

On 22 March 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Budgetary Control titled: ‘Codes of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest at any governance level of the management of EU Funds’. The study reviews the Member States’ experience with codes of conduct and conflicts of interest affecting the partnership arrangements under the European Structural and Investment Funds. The focus is on conflicts of interest affecting the Monitoring Committees under the European Regional Development and European Social Fund. The study reviews the rules and other approaches to deal with conflicts of interest, discusses best practices and ends with conclusions and recommendations advocating a complementary rule and value based approach supported by transparency and ethical leadership.

The study was authored by Dr. Christoph Demmke (assisted by David Hanel), Roland Blomeyer, Dr. Thomas Henökel, Mike Beke, and Timo Moilanen.

The full report can be found here. The presentation slides can be found here.

Chapter on corporate crime prevention for the new publication ‘Crime Prevention: International perspectives, issues and trends’, January 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-12-46-06This new publication, edited by John A. Winterdyk, presents an international approach to the study of crime prevention. It offers an expansive overview of crime prevention initiatives and how they are applied across a wide range of themes and infractions, from conventional to non-conventional forms of crime.

Based on a review of the literature, this is the first text to offer a broad, yet comprehensive, examination of how and why crime prevention has gained considerable traction as an alternative to conventional criminal justice practices of crime control in developed countries, and to provide a cross-sectional view of how crime prevention has been applied and how effective such initiatives have been. Crime Prevention: International Perspectives, Issues, and Trends is suitable for undergraduate students in criminology and criminal justice programs, as well as for graduates and undergraduates in special topics courses.

I have contributed to the publication with a chapter on corporate crime prevention.

More information can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/Crime-Prevention-International-Perspectives-Issues-and-Trends/Winterdyk/p/book/9781498733670

New publication on implementation and enforcement of integrity regimes, September 2015

Screenshot 2015-10-16 17.24.56In September we published a new study for the European Parliament committee on Constitutional Affairs. The study is titled: Scrutiny of Declarations of Financial Interests in National Legislatures. It aims to provide insights into the implementation and enforcement of integrity regimes as applied to members of legislatures. The specific focus is on comparing the application of the Code of Conduct of Members of the European Parliament with similar integrity frameworks in the European Union Member States. In general terms the Code of Conduct is considered well aligned with good practice approaches. However, potential for further enhancements exists with regard to the Code’s integrity requirements, guidance, monitoring, sanctioning and reporting.

Presentation at the Foundation Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, June 2015

banner-01-XXVISeminarioOn 9 June 2015, Mike Beke presented at the XXVI Permanent Seminar on Public Administration and Economy organised by the Foundation Ortega y Gasset and Transparency International Spain. The seminar was held in Madrid and was titled ‘Transparency and Integrity: challenges for the public and private sector in Spain’. The President of the Transparency Council in Spain, Ms Esther Arizmendi inaugurated the event and launched the debate by outlining the challenges the Council is facing in order to implement the Spanish Law on Transparency, Access to Information and Good Government. After this, Ms Paloma Baena (OECD), Mr Luis de Sousa (TIAC-Portugal) and Mr Jermyn Brooks (Transparency International) laid out comparatives perspectives on transparency and integrity from the private and public sector. The third panel focused on the role of civil society and the private sector in promoting Open Government. During this session, Mike Beke discussed the use of Integrity Pacts as a tool to fight corruption in public procurement. The final panel consisted of experts on compliance from academia and the private sector.

More information on the seminar can be found here.

Presentation in Brussels at the conference “Integrity Pacts – Safeguarding EU Funds”, May 2015

CEPeIbPUEAEF_e6On 5 May 2015, Roland Blomeyer and Mike Beke presented the findings of the Integrity Pact Learning Review in Brussel to representatives from the European Commission, national governments and civil society. The conference was hosted by Transparency International in collaboration with the European Commission and included three plenary sessions and a panel discussion, dealing with various topics relating corruption in public procurement. The first sessions addressed risk factors of irregularities in public procurement and presented the EU regulatory framework obligations for 2014-202 cohesion funding period. After this, civil society representatives introduced the audience to various examples of monitoring mechanisms to fight corruption in public procurement. The second half of the day specifically focused on the Integrity Pact tool, aiming to inform civil society and national procurement authorities on the use of the mechanism.
All presentations can be found here.