Compliance, Ethics & Sustainability Voorheen tijdschrift voor Compliance 2024 nr. 1

'The Qatargate showed that corruption is everywhere'

Jeroen Boogaard1

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The EU is stepping up the fight against corruption and has proposed new legislation. We spoke with Jeroen Blomsma, Head of Sector Anti-Corruption at the European Commission, about the updated directive and its potential impact on companies.

In her 2022 State of the Union Speech, Commission President von der Leyen announced to update the EU's legislative framework on anti-corruption to better prevent and fight corruption across the European Union in the future. On 3 May 2023, the Commission presented a new proposal to combat corruption by criminal law.

What were the reasons for the EU to step up the fight against bribery and corruption?

`First, Europeans are increasingly skeptical of all our efforts to tackle corruption. And scandals at the level of the EU and member states fuel this skepticism. The Qatargate2 showed that corruption is everywhere, even in the capital of the EU. In some parts of Europe, we tend to think there is no or hardl...

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