The 2013 EU anti-corruption report demonstrated corruption is a persistent problem across the 28 member states of the European Union and that urgent action is needed.
Transparency International – Cyprus (TIC) is the national chapter of Transparency International, which aims not only to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of corruption on society, but also aware the political parties to take steps towards improving the political and economic institutions of Cyprus through transparency and integrity. Since 2010, TIC conducts annual corruption perception surveys to better understand the causes of corruption in the country and identify the perceived level of this phenomenon among decision makers and policy enforcers. Better understanding the underlying causes of corruption and its consequences could be vital for policymakers who aim to improve our institutions by controlling corruption.
Throughout the mandate of the next European Parliament (2014-2019) political parties and individuals are invited by Transparency International to commit fighting corruption and promoting transparency, accountability and integrity in EU institutions, policies and legislation.
We have asked them to sign a simple Anti-Corruption Pledge, whose full text you can read here. In summary, we are asking each party to ensure its MEPs work to achieve the following aims:
1. The governance and law-making of EU institutions will become a global model of transparency, accountability and integrity, establishing the highest standards.
2. The EU will promote greater integrity and transparency in public spending.
3. The EU will promote initiatives and legislation that will provide effective protection to whistleblowers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
This declaration will be signed by candidates across the EU and Transparency International will keep a record of those who have signed. If elected to the European Parliament, Transparency International-Cyprus and the Transparency International EU Office will arrange a meeting to discuss in more detail how the declaration commitments can be implemented and to provide further guidance where necessary.
The letter has been sent to ALL Political Parties, Groups and independent candidates on the 25th of April 2014. Deadline for letter submission is 15/05/2014.
Please find below the FINAL list of the Political Parties, Groups and independent candidates that have, and have not, signed the Anti-Corruption Declaration.
|DEMOCRATIC RALLY (DI.SY)||NATIONAL PEOPLE’S FRONT (ELAM)||CITIZEN’S ALLIANCE||AKEL – LEFT – NEW FORCES|
|Stavros Zenios||Despina Andreou||Simos Aggelides||Stavros Evagorou|
|Eleni Theocharous||Marios Vasiliou||Andreas Apostolou||Vera Polykarpou|
|Christos Stylianides||Geadis Geadi||Giorgos Lilikas||Charalambos Polykarpou|
|Demetris Syllouris||Panayiotis Cleovoulou||Irene Mantole||Panayiotis Stavrinides|
|Rena Choplarou||Charalambos Mesaritis||Alexandros Michaelides||Neoclis Silikiotis|
|Lefteris Christoforou||Michalakis Michael||Coullis Nicolaou||Takis Chatzigeorgiou|
|EDEK MOVEMENT OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS – GREEN PARTY||DEMOCRATIC PARTY (DI.KO)||INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES||MINIMA ELPIDAS (MESSAGE OF HOPE)|
|Stavros Giallourides||Antigone Pericleous Papadopoulou||Andreas Ioannou||Georgios Gregoriou|
|Demetris Papadakis||Michalis Minas||Marios Evryviades|
|Giorgos Perdikis||Natalie Ioannou|
|Makis Rousis||Yangos Mikellides|
|Sophocles Sophocleous||Stelios Platis|
|Eleni Chrysostomou||Vasilios Christodoulou|