Citizens’ Corner debate on fighting against corruption in Greel and English on December 2, 2014

Citizens’ Corner debate on fighting against corruption in Greek and English on December 2, 2014

Euranet Plus, the leading radio network for EU news, hosted a Citizens’ Corner live debate on fighting corruption in the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels on December 2, 2014. The debate was jointly produced by Euranet Plus and Skaï Radio, Greece, member of the Euranet Plus network, and was moderated by journalist Stavros Samouilidis from Skaï Radio (in Greek) and Brian Maguire from the Euranet Plus News Agency in Brussels (in English).

The debate also featured students from the Euranet Plus campus radio network. The debate was broadcast live at the top of this web page . You are invited to comment on the debate on our Facebook page event page or on Twitter using the hash tag #CitizensCorner.

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12.30 CET
  • European Parliament’s Voxbox, Altiero Spinelli building, Brussels, Belgium
    • Live web stream at the top of this page, where currently the the recording of the whole debate can be watched on-demand
    • Both parts of the debate can also be viewed on-demand on YouTube, one for each language on our YouTube channel – see below:

Part 1 | Greek | 12h30 – 13h15 CET | moderator Stavros Samouilidis | guests:

Part 2 | English | 13h15 – 14h00 CET | moderator Brian Maguire | guests:

Ahead of the debate, we posted regular audios and features on our social media channels to bring the topic closer to our guests, fans and listeners. Also during the debate our fans were invited to post their questions to our guests and moderators.

So use the hashtag #CitizensCorner to be informed about the latest social media communications around the debate.

Citizens’ Corner debates: Bringing the European Union closer to citizens

Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming years to foster a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy, helping the EU and its member states to offer and, at the same time, to reach high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.

According to different researches the success of the Europe 2020 strategy also depends on institutional factors such as good governance, rule of law, and – the theme of our debate – control of corruption. Fighting corruption can contribute to the EU’s competitiveness in a global economy. Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe- a phenomenon that costs the European economy a lot: around 120 billion euros per year, a huge amount of money which could be better used .

EU member countries have taken many initiatives in recent years, but the results are uneven and more should be done to prevent and punish corruption.

Europeans are deeply worried about corruption – a recent Eurobarometer survey results show that 76 percent of Europeans think that corruption is widespread and 56 percent think that the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years.

In its February 2014 Anti-Corruption report, the European Commission provides a clear picture of the situation in each member state: measures in place, outstanding issues, policies that are working and areas that could be improved.

In the light of the concerns by the citizens, the Citizens’ Corner debate in December 2014 tried to find answers to questions such as the following:

  • Which are the results of the fight against corruption of the EU institutions?
  • Which are the results of the fight of the EU member states’ institutions?
  • How feasible is to diminish the corruption in Europe?
  • Which are the most corrupt EU member states?
  • Which areas of the economy are the most affected by corruption in the EU?
  • Are the anti- corruption reports of the European Commission a good tool to draw the picture of corruption and a starting point in new fights against this phenomenon?
  •  What should the EU member states do to diminish corruption within their national borders and to dissuade corruption to spread over the borders?
  • What can the European Parliament do to enforce even more the legislation against corruption?
  •  How can the new European Commission better fight corruption?
  • Which is the place of the OLAF in this series of EU efforts in fighting against corruption? 
Citizens’ Corner debate on fighting against corruption

Citizens’ Corner debate on fighting against corruption

About the “Citizens’ Corner” debates: Understanding Europe better

With the aim of getting as close as possible to the concerns of EU citizens and inspired by the “The 2010 EU Citizenship Report”, the “25 Key Actions to Improve Citizens’ Lives”, “The 2013 EU Citizenship Report”, along with the 12 new actions in six key areas put forward by the European Commission to further remove obstacles standing in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of their EU rights, euranetplus organizes monthly debates under the heading of “Citizens’ Corner”. The aim is to provide information on the rights enjoyed by EU citizens, and also to reveal gaps which may remain between the applicable rules and regulations and the reality of citizens’ daily lives, particularly in cross-border situations. The debates provide the opportunity for open dialogue, contributing to new insights between all those involved.

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