Monday, June 20, 2005

Somebody call Transparency International

Or maybe I should do so myself as Catherine Woollard one of their high faluting types is in the Parliament this week attending this event, the Launch of the Fernand Herman Chair on Political Integrity.

You see that George over at Eurota has spotted a certain something in one of the Times articles describing last week's Council meeting in Brussels.
"Behind closed doors Juncker offered so many sweeteners in the form of EU aid and deals to individual countries that one diplomat complained: "This isn't a budget any more. It is a series of brown envelopes being handed out to different countries. It's serial bribery."

He then cross referenced that with something he read about the fight against corruption, specifically the rules drawn up by the Council of Europe,

Article 2 – Definition of corruption
For the purpose of this Convention, "corruption" means requesting, offering, giving or accepting, directly or indirectly, a bribe or any other undue advantage or prospect thereof, which distorts the proper performance of any duty or behaviour required of the recipient of the bribe, the undue advantage or the prospect thereof.

He then asks the obvious question...

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