EUROPAM

European Public Accountability Mechanisms

European Commission

Country score (European Average*)
  • 42(67) Political Financing
  • 12(50) Financial Disclosure
  • 9(41) Conflict of Interest
  • 50(56) Freedom of Information
  • 78(65) Public Procurement

Country Facts

IncomeHigh
GNI per capita (2011 PPP $)35,133
Population, total18,202,441
Urban population (% of total)73.3
Internet users (per 100 people)77.5
Life expectancy at birth (years)79.4
Mean years of schooling (years)11
Global Competitiveness Index5
Sources: World Bank, UNDP, WEF.

Political Financing

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations, and Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 (amended 2007) on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, are the main laws regulating the financing of political parties for the European Parliament. 

There are a number of limits on the private income of political parties and candidates. Donations from foreign entities, corporations partially owned by the government and corporations with government contracts are banned. However, donations from corporations in general and trade unions are permitted. There are also limits in place for the amount of donations that can be received. 

There is public funding available for parties based on the share of votes in the previous election, representation in  the elected body, participation in the election, and registration as a political party.  This funding is allocated as such: 15% equally, and 85% proportional to the number of seats received, and can be spent on campaigns and ongoing party activities. There is no subsidized access to the media, but there are provisions for premises for campaign meetings and space for campaign materials. 

There are no bans on vote buying or limits on spending. 

Parties are required to keep accounts which must include details in relation to election campaigns, must reveal the identity of donors and must be made public. Reports are subject to external audit and by the Court of Auditors, and must be submitted to the authorizing officer of the European Parliament. . There are sanctions in the form of fines and the loss of public funding (current and future) for those breaching the provisions of the law.


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Bans and limits on private income283636
Public funding05050
Regulations on spending000
Reporting, oversight and sanctions428383

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Bans and limits on private income

Bans on donations from foreign interests

Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties? Yes. Political parties shall not accept (d) donations from any private entities based in a third country or from individuals from a third country who are not entitled to vote in elections to the European Parliament. It depends if foreign means a country who are entitled to vote (Art. 20.4(d), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates? No.

Bans on corporate donations

Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties? No. Political parties shall not accept donations exceeding EUR 18 000 per year and per donor from any natural or legal person, but any ban is mentioned (Art. 20.1, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates? No.
Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties? Yes. Political parties shall not accept donations from any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it; (Art. 20.4(C), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations of partial government ownership to political parties? Yes. Political parties shall not accept donations from any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it; (Art. 20.4(C), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates? No.
Is there a ban on donations from corporations of partial government ownership to candidates? No.

Bans on donations from trade unions

Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties? No. Contributions to a political foundation at European level from national political foundations, which are members of a political foundation at European level, as well as from political parties at European level, shall be admissible. Those contributions shall not exceed 40 % of the annual budget of that political foundation at European level and may not derive from funds received by a political party at European level pursuant to this Regulation from the general budget of the European Union. Could not find the same information in Regulation No 1141/2014. (Art. 6.4, Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)
Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates? No.

Bans on anonymous donations

Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties? Yes. Art. 20.5(a) A political party at European level as well as a political foundation at European level shall not accept: (a) anonymous donations; (Art. 20.5(a), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates? No.

Other bans on donations

Is there a ban on state resources being given to or received by political parties or candidates (excluding regulated public funding)? No. 6. Any donation that is not permitted under this Regulation shall within 30 days following the date of its receipt by a European political party or a European political foundation: (a) be returned to the donor or to any person acting on the donor's behalf; or (b) where it is not possible to return it, be reported to the Authority and the European Parliament. The Authorising Officer of the European Parliament shall establish the amount receivable and authorise the recovery in accordance with the provisions laid down in Articles 78 and 79 of the Financial Regulation. The funds shall be entered as general revenue in the European Parliament section of the general budget of the European Union. (Art. 20.6(a-b), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a ban on any other form of donation? Yes. Political parties shall not accept donations: (b) donations from the budgets of political groups in the European Parliament; (c)from any public authority from a third country, including from any undertaking over which the public authorities may exercise directly or indirectly a dominant influence by virtue of their ownership of it, their financial participation therein, or the rules which govern it. (Art. 20.5(b-c), Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)

Donation limits

Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party over a time period (not election specific)? Yes. European political parties and European political foundations may accept donations from natural or legal persons of up to a value of EUR 18 000 per year and per donor. (Art. 20.1, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party in relation to an election? No. There is no information regarding donations on election campaign
Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate? No.

Public funding 

Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties

Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of votes in previous election Yes. A political party should comply with the conditions of Art.3(1): A political party at European level shall satisfy the following conditions: (b) it must be represented, in at least one quarter of Member States, by Members of the European Parliament or in the national Parliaments or regional Parliaments or in the regional assemblies, or it must have received, in at least one quarter of the Member States, at least three per cent of the votes cast in each of those Member States at the most recent European Parliament elections; (Art.3 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.17 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Representation in elected body Yes. A political party at European level shall satisfy the following conditions: (b) it must be represented, in at least one quarter of Member States, by Members of the European Parliament or in the national Parliaments or regional Parliaments or in the regional assemblies, or it must have received, in at least one quarter of the Member States, at least three per cent of the votes cast in each of those Member States at the most recent European Parliament elections; (Art.3 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.17 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Participation in election Yes. (d) it must have participated in elections to the European Parliament (Art.3 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.17 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Number of candidates No.
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of seats in previous election Yes. It must be represented, in at least one quarter of Member States, by Members of the European Parliament or in the national Parliaments or regional Parliaments or in the regional assemblies, or it must have received, in at least one quarter of the Member States, at least three per cent of the votes cast in each of those Member States at the most recent European Parliament elections. (Article 3.1 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of votes in next election No.
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Registration as a political party Yes. A political party at European level shall satisfy the following conditions: (a) it must have legal personality in the Member State in which its seat is located; (Art.3 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.17 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Share of seats in next election No.
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Number of members No.
Eligibility criteria for direct public funding to political parties: Other Yes. It must observe, in particular in its programme and in its activities, the principles on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law. (Article 3.1 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)

Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties

Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to votes received No.
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Equal Yes. Available appropriations shall be distributed annually as follows among the political parties at European level which have obtained a positive decision on their application for funding as referred to in Article 4: (a) 15 % shall be distributed in equal shares; (Art.10 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art. 19 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to seats received Yes. Available appropriations shall be distributed annually as follows among the political parties at European level which have obtained a positive decision on their application for funding as referred to in Article 4: (b) 85 % shall be distributed among those which have elected members in the European Parliament, in proportion to the number of elected members. (Art.10 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art. 19 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Flat rate by votes received No.
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Share of expenses reimbursed No.
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Proportional to candidates fielded No.
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Number of members No.
Allocation calculations for direct public funding to political parties: Other No.

Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties

Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Campaign spending No. Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing its activities in accordance with Article 2(4). On no account may it be used to finance elections or referenda campaigns. Art.22 - 2.It shall in particular not be used for the direct or indirect funding of elections, political parties, or candidates or other foundations. - 3. The funding of European political parties and European political foundations from the general budget of the European Union or from any other source shall not be used to finance referendum campaigns. (Art. 8 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.22 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Ongoing party activities Yes. Funding allocated to a political foundation at European level shall only be used for the purpose of financing its activities in accordance with Article 2(4). (Art. 4.6 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.5 & 22 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Intra-party institution No. In accordance with Article 7, these appropriations shall not be used for the direct or indirect funding of national political parties or candidates. (Art. 8 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art. 22.1 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Earmarking provisions for direct public funding to political parties: Other Yes. Such expenditure shall include administrative expenditure and expenditure linked to technical assistance, meetings, research, cross-border events, studies, information and publications. (Art. 8 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 Art.17(5) & 22 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)

Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties

Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Equal No.
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Number of candidates No.
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Share of seats No.
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Share of votes in preceding election No.
Allocation criteria for free or subsidized access to media for political parties: Other No.
Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates? No.

Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?

Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Premises for campaign meetings Yes. Such expenditure shall include administrative expenditure and expenditure linked to technical assistance, meetings, research, cross-border events, studies, information and publications. (Art. 8 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Space for campaign materials Yes. Such expenditure shall include administrative expenditure and expenditure linked to technical assistance, meetings, research, cross-border events, studies, information and publications. (Art. 8 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Tax relief No.
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Free or subsidised transport No.
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Free or subsidised postage cost No.
Provisions for any other form of indirect public funding: Other Yes. All technical support provided by the European Parliament to European political parties shall be based on the principle of equal treatment. It shall be granted on conditions no less favourable than those granted to other external organisations and associations that may be accorded similar facilities and shall be supplied against invoice and payment. EU regulation does not refer to specific technical support, but provisions for indirect public funding are mentioned (Art. 26 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties related to gender equality among candidates? No.
Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties? No.

Regulations on spending 

Is there a ban on vote buying? No.
Are there bans on state resources being used in favour or against a political party or candidate? No.
Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend? No.
Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend? No.

Reporting, oversight and sanctions 

Reporting standards

Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances? Yes. Art.23 1. At the latest within six months following the end of the financial year, European political parties and European political foundations shall submit to the Authority, with a copy to the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament and to the competent National Contact Point of the Member State of their seat: (a) their annual financial statements and accompanying notes, covering their revenue and expenditure, assets and liabilities at the beginning and at the end of the financial year, in accordance with the law applicable in the Member State in which they have their seat and their annual financial statements on the basis of the international accounting standards defined in Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 ); (b) an external audit report on the annual financial statements, covering both the reliability of those financial statements and the legality and regularity of their revenue and expenditure, carried out by an independent body or expert; and (c) the list of donors and contributors and their corresponding donations or contributions reported in accordance with Article 20(2), (3) and (4). (Art. 23.1 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Do political parties have to report on their finances in relation to election campaigns? Yes. Art.21.2 Expenditure linked to the campaigns referred to in paragraph 1 shall be clearly identified as such by the European political parties in their annual financial statements. (Art. 21.2 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Do candidates have to report on their campaign finances? No.
Is information in reports from political parties and/​or candidates to be made public? Yes. Art. 32.1. The European Parliament shall make public, under the authority of its Authorising Officer or under that of the Authority, on a website created for that purpose, the following: c) an annual report with a table of the amounts paid to each European political party and European political foundation, for each financial year for which contributions have been received or grants have been paid from the general budget of the European Union; (d) the annual financial statements and external audit reports referred to in Article 23(1), and, for European political foundations, the final reports on the implementation of the work programmes or actions; (Art. 32 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Must reports from political parties and/​or candidates reveal the identity of donors? No. In compliance with the principle of proportionality, the obligation to publish the identity of donors who are natural persons should not apply to donations equal to or below EUR 1 500 per year and per donor. ((34) Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Electoral Management Board No.
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Auditing agency Yes. Control shall also be exercised on the basis of annual certification by an external and independent audit. This certification shall be transmitted, within six months of the end of the financial year concerned, to the European Parliament. (Article 9 Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Ministry No.
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Special institution Yes. At the latest within six months following the end of the financial year, European political parties and European political foundations shall submit to the Authority, with a copy to the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament and to the competent National Contact Point of the Member State of their seat: (Art. 23.1 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Court No.
Institutions receiving financial reports from political parties and/​or candidates: Other Yes. At the latest within six months following the end of the financial year, European political parties and European political foundations shall submit to the Authority, with a copy to the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament and to the competent National Contact Point of the Member State of their seat: (Art. 23.1 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)

Political finance oversight

Is it specified that a particular institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/​or investigating violations?
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Court No.
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Ministry No.
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Auditing agency Yes. The Court of Auditors shall exercise its audit powers in accordance with Article 287 TFEU (Art. 25.3 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Electoral Management Body No.
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Institution for this purpose Yes. The Court of Auditors and the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament, or any other external body authorised by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament, may carry out the necessary checks and verifications on the spot in order to verify the legality of expenditure and the proper implementation of the provisions of the contribution and grant decision or agreement, and, in the case of European political foundations, the proper implementation of the work programme or action. (Art. 25.6 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institution responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations: Other Yes. The Court of Auditors and the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament, or any other external body authorised by the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament, may carry out the necessary checks and verifications on the spot in order to verify the legality of expenditure and the proper implementation of the provisions of the contribution and grant decision or agreement, and, in the case of European political foundations, the proper implementation of the work programme or action. (Art. 24.4. 25.6 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Other institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Court No.
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Ministry No.
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Auditing agency Yes. The court of Auditors (Art. 25.6 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: EMB No.
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Institution for this purpose Yes. Authorising Officer of the European Parliament (Art. 25.6 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Institutions with a formal role in political finance oversight: Other Yes. Authorising Officer of the European Parliament "the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) or Member States" (Art. 24.4, 25.6 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Sanctions for political finance infractions
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Fines Yes. Art. 27. 4 For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the following financial sanctions shall be imposed on a European political party or a European political foundation: (a) in cases of non-quantifiable infringements, a fixed percentage of the annual budget of the European political party or European political foundation concerned — 5 %, or — 7,5 % if there are concurrent infringements, or — 20 % if the infringement in question is a repeated infringement, or — a third of the percentages set out above if the European political party or European political foundation concerned has voluntarily declared the infringement before the Authority has officially opened an investigation, even in the case of a concurrent infringement or a repeated infringement, and the party or foundation concerned has taken the appropriate corrective measures, — 50 % of the annual budget of the European political party or European political foundation concerned for the preceding year, when it has been found by a judgment having the force of res judicata to have engaged in illegal activities detrimental to the financial interests of the Union as defined in Article 106(1) of the Financial Regulation; (b) in cases of quantifiable infringements, a fixed percentage of the amount of the irregular sums received or not reported in accordance with the following scale, up to a maximum of 10 % of the annual budget of the European political party or European political foundation concerned: — 100 % of the irregular sums received or not reported where those sums do not exceed EUR 50 000, or — 150 % of the irregular sums received or not reported where those sums exceed EUR 50 000 but do not exceed EUR 100 000, or — 200 % of the irregular sums received or not reported where those sums exceed EUR 100 000 but do not exceed EUR 150 000, or — 250 % of the irregular sums received or not reported where those sums exceed EUR 150 000 but do not exceed EUR 200 000, or — 300 % of the irregular sums received or not reported where those sums exceed EUR 200 000, or — one third of the percentages indicated above if the European political party or European political foundation concerned has voluntarily declared the infringement before the Authority and/or the Authorising Officer of the European Parliament has officially (Art. 27 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of public funding Yes. Lose of future funding 3. The Authorising Officer of the European Parliament may exclude a European political party or a European political foundation from future Union funding for up to five years, or up to 10 years in cases of an infringement repeated within a five-year period, when it has been found guilty of any of the infringements listed in points (v) and (vi) of point (a) of paragraph 2. (Art. 27 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Penal/Criminal No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Forfeiture No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Deregistration of party No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of elected office No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Suspension of political party No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of nomination of candidate No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Loss of political rights No.
Sanctions for political finance infractions: Other Yes. Lose of future funding 3. The Authorising Officer of the European Parliament may exclude a European political party or a European political foundation from future Union funding for up to five years, or up to 10 years in cases of an infringement repeated within a five-year period, when it has been found guilty of any of the infringements listed in points (v) and (vi) of point (a) of paragraph 2. (Art. 27 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations)

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations (English)pdf
Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding, amended 2007 (English)pdf

Financial Disclosure

No financial disclosure requirements exist for members of the Council of the European Union and EU Civil Servants. Meanwhile, Members of the European Parliament are required to disclose income gained from outside employment or self-employed activity, gifts received in the official function of MEP, private holdings in a company or partnership, and positions as a board member. Salaries received from activities in another parliament must also be included. After retirement, MEPs keep their declarations updated as to new employment, and are prevented from benefits for past MEPs if they take up a position in lobbying or representing the European Union. These rules are specified in the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2015).

Declarations must be made within 30 days of taking office, while no regulations for updating the submitted information. According to the Rules of Procedure (2015), sanctions for late filling or non-filling range from reprimand, over the removal of voting or participation rights, to a proposal for the MEP to be removed from office. The President functions as depository body and is responsible for verifying the accuracy of submissions. In case a suspicion of a breach exists, the matter is referred to the Advisory Committee to enforce possible sanctions. Information contained in declarations is published on the Parliament’s website. 

(Note: The EU has no equivalent of a Head of State.)


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Disclosure items666
Filing frequency666
Sanctions171717
Monitoring and Oversight01919
Public access to declarations12126

Alternative Metric

201220152016Trend
Head of State100
Ministers000
Members of Parliament334843
Civil servants000

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Head of State

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure No. Absent from legal framework.
Income and Assets
Real estate No. Absent from legal framework.
Movable assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Cash No. Absent from legal framework.
Loans and Debts No. Absent from legal framework.
Income from outside employment/assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required upon leaving office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually No. Absent from legal framework.
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy No. Absent from legal framework.

Public access to declarations

Public availability No. Absent from legal framework.
Timing of information release specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Location(s) of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Cost of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.

Ministers

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure No. Absent from legal framework.
Income and Assets
Real estate No. Absent from legal framework.
Movable assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Cash No. Absent from legal framework.
Loans and Debts No. Absent from legal framework.
Income from outside employment/assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required upon leaving office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually No. Absent from legal framework.
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy No. Absent from legal framework.

Public access to declarations

Public availability No. Absent from legal framework.
Timing of information release specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Location(s) of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Cost of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.

Members of Parliament

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure No. Absent from legal framework.
Income and Assets
Real estate No. Absent from legal framework.
Movable assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Cash No. Absent from legal framework.
Loans and Debts No. Absent from legal framework.
Income from outside employment/assets Yes. The declaration of financial interests shall contain the following information: any salary which the Member receives for the exercise of a mandate in another parliament, any regular remunerated activity which the Member undertakes alongside the exercise of his or her office, whether as an employee or as a self-employed person, any occasional remunerated outside activity (including writing, lecturing or the provision of expert advice), if the total remuneration exceeds EUR 5 000 in a calendar year. (Article 4(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official Yes. Any gifts presented to Members when they are representing Parliament in an official capacity shall be handed over to the President. (Article 5(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings Yes. The declaration of financial interests shall contain the following information: any holding in any company or partnership, where there are potential public policy implications or where that holding gives the Member significant influence over the affairs of the body in question (Article 4(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm Yes. The declaration of financial interests shall contain the following information: membership of any boards or committees of any companies, nongovernmental organisations, associations or other bodies established in law, or any other relevant outside activity that the Member undertakes, whether the membership or activity in question is remunerated or unremunerated (Article 4(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Post-employment Yes. Former Members of the European Parliament who engage in professional lobbying or representational activities directly linked to the European Union decision-making process may not, throughout the period in which they engage in those activities, benefit from the facilities granted to former Members (Article 6 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position Yes. The declaration of financial interests shall contain the following information: any salary which the Member receives for the exercise of a mandate in another parliament. (Article 4(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office Yes. For reasons of transparency, Members of the European Parliament shall be personally responsible for submitting a declaration of financial interests to the President by the end of the first part-session after elections to the European Parliament (or within 30 days of taking up office with the Parliament in the course of a parliamentary term) (Article 4(1) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Filing required upon leaving office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually No. Absent from legal framework.
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. The penalty may consist of one or more of the following measures: (a) a reprimand; (b) forfeiture of entitlement to the daily subsistence allowance for a period of between two and ten days; (c) without prejudice to the right to vote in plenary, and subject, in this instance, to strict compliance with the Members' standards of conduct, temporary suspension from participation in all or some of the activities of Parliament for a period of between two and ten consecutive days on which Parliament or any of its bodies, committees or delegations meet; (d) submission to the Conference of Presidents of a proposal for the Member’s suspension or removal from one or more of the offices held by the Member in Parliament. (Article 8(3) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012) Article 166(3) of the Rules of Procedure (2015))
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) Yes. The penalty may consist of one or more of the following measures: (a) a reprimand; (b) forfeiture of entitlement to the daily subsistence allowance for a period of between two and ten days; (c) without prejudice to the right to vote in plenary, and subject, in this instance, to strict compliance with the Members' standards of conduct, temporary suspension from participation in all or some of the activities of Parliament for a period of between two and ten consecutive days on which Parliament or any of its bodies, committees or delegations meet; (d) submission to the Conference of Presidents of a proposal for the Member’s suspension or removal from one or more of the offices held by the Member in Parliament. (Article 8(3) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012) Article 166(3) of the Rules of Procedure (2015))
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified Yes. The information is provided to the President. (Article 4(3) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Enforcement body explicitly identified Yes. Where there is reason to think that a Member of the European Parliament may have breached this Code of Conduct, the President may refer the matter to the Advisory Committee. (Article 8(1) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy Yes. Where there is reason to think that a declaration contains manifestly erroneous, flippant, illegible or incomprehensible information, the competent service shall, on behalf of the President, perform a general plausibility check for clarification purposes within a reasonable time-limit, thereby giving the Member the possibility to react. Where such a check does not clarify and thus resolve the matter, the President shall take a decision on further proceedings in accordance with Article 8 of the Code of Conduct. (Article 9 of the Implementing Measures For The Code Of Conduct For Members Of The European Parliament With Respect To Financial Interests And Conflicts Of Interest (2013))

Public access to declarations

Public availability Yes. to the President in line with this Article shall be published on Parliament’s website in an easily accessible manner. (Article 4(3) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Timing of information release specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Location(s) of access specified No.
Cost of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.

Civil servants

Disclosure items

Spouses and children included in disclosure No. Absent from legal framework.
Income and Assets
Real estate No. Absent from legal framework.
Movable assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Cash No. Absent from legal framework.
Loans and Debts No. Absent from legal framework.
Income from outside employment/assets No. Absent from legal framework.
Incompatibilities
Gifts received as a public official No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Concurrent employment of family members in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Filing frequency

Filing required upon taking office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required upon leaving office No. Absent from legal framework.
Filing required annually No. Absent from legal framework.
Ad hoc filing required upon change in assets or conflicts of interest No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Sanctions stipulated for late filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for non-filing (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.
Sanctions stipulated for false disclosure (fines, administrative, and/or criminal) No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Depository body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body explicitly identified No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying submission No. Absent from legal framework.
Some agency assigned responsibility for verifying accuracy No. Absent from legal framework.

Public access to declarations

Public availability No. Absent from legal framework.
Timing of information release specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Location(s) of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.
Cost of access specified No. Absent from legal framework.

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament, 2012 (English)pdf
Implementing Measures for the Code of Conduct for Members Of The European Parliament With Respect To Financial Interests And Conflicts Of Interest, 2013 (English)pdf
Rules of Procedure for Members of European Parliament, 2015 (English)pdf

Conflict of Interest

EU-level regulations on conflicts of interests do not exist for members of the Council of the European Union and EU Civil Servants. All the while, the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012) makes a general restriction on avoiding conflicts of interests for Members of the European Parliament. MEPs may also not accept gifts with a value of over EUR 150, and must notify the President to avoid having to participate in decision-making that affects private interests. Post-employment is restricted: MEPs may not take up a position in lobbying or representing the EU after the end of their mandate, and are withdrawn benefits if they do. 

According to the Rules of Conduct of the European Parliament (2013), sanctions range from reprimand, over the removal of voting or participation rights, to a proposal for the MEP to be removed from office. The Advisory Body functions as enforcement body for conflicts of interests. It makes suggestions for appropriate sanctions to the President of the European Parliament, who then imposes them. 

(Note: The EU has no equivalent of a Head of State.)


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Restrictions1088
Sanctions888
Monitoring and Oversight121212

Alternative Metric

201220152016Trend
Head of State000
Ministers000
Members of Parliament413838
Civil servants000

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


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Head of State

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest No. Absent from legal framework.
Accepting gifts No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) No. Absent from legal framework.

Ministers

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest No. Absent from legal framework.
Accepting gifts No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) No. Absent from legal framework.

Members of Parliament

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest No. Absent from legal framework.
Accepting gifts Yes. Members of the European Parliament shall refrain from accepting, in the performance of their duties, any gifts or similar benefits, other than those with an approximate value of less than EUR 150 given in accordance with courtesy usage or those given to them in accordance with courtesy usage when they are representing Parliament in an official capacity. (Article 5(1) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment Yes. Former Members of the European Parliament who engage in professional lobbying or representational activities directly linked to the European Union decision-making process may not, throughout the period in which they engage in those activities, benefit from the facilities granted to former Members under the rules laid down by the Bureau to that effect (Article 6 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012) (2012))
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests Yes. Any Member who finds that he or she has a conflict of interest shall immediately take the necessary steps to address it, in accordance with the principles and provisions of this Code of Conduct. If the Member is unable to resolve the conflict of interest, he or she shall report this to the President in writing. In cases of ambiguity, the Member may seek advice in confidence from the Advisory Committee on the Conduct of Members (Article 3(2) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior Yes. The penalty may consist of one or more of the following measures: (a) a reprimand; (b) forfeiture of entitlement to the daily subsistence allowance for a period of between two and ten days; (c) without prejudice to the right to vote in plenary, and subject, in this instance, to strict compliance with the Members' standards of conduct, temporary suspension from participation in all or some of the activities of Parliament for a period of between two and ten consecutive days on which Parliament or any of its bodies, committees or delegations meet; (d) submission to the Conference of Presidents of a proposal for the Member’s suspension or removal from one or more of the offices held by the Member in Parliament. (Article 153(3) of the Rules of Conduct of the European Parliament (2013))
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) Yes. The Advisory Committee shall examine the circumstances of the alleged breach, and may hear the Member concerned. On the basis of the conclusions of its findings, it shall make a recommendation to the President on a possible decision. (Article 8 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament (2012))

Civil servants

Restrictions

General restriction on conflict of interest No. Absent from legal framework.
Accepting gifts No. Absent from legal framework.
Private firm ownership and/or stock holdings No. Absent from legal framework.
Ownership of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) No. Absent from legal framework.
Holding government contracts No. Absent from legal framework.
Board member, advisor, or company officer of private firm No. Absent from legal framework.
Post-employment No. Absent from legal framework.
Simultaneously holding policy-making position and policy-executing position No. Absent from legal framework.
Participating in official decision-making processes that affect private interests No. Absent from legal framework.
Assisting family or friends in obtaining employment in public sector No. Absent from legal framework.

Sanctions

Fines are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Administrative sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.
Penal sanctions are stipulated for violations of COI regulations restricting behavior No. Absent from legal framework.

Monitoring and Oversight

Monitoring body specified (guidance, training, data tracking) No. Absent from legal framework.
Enforcement body specified (sanctions, hearings) No. Absent from legal framework.

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament, 2012missing file:
Rules of Procedure for Members of European Parliament, 2013missing file:

Freedom of Information

The access to information regime at the European Commission is established by Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (2001).  The law applies to the European Parliament, Council and Commission.

Specific exemptions to disclosure are outlined in the aforementioned FOI regulation and Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. There is a public interest test whereby exemptions to disclosure may be overridden in cases where the public interest outweighs the prohibition on disclosure.

Appeals may be filed with the courts. There is no appeals process through public institutions or an independent non-judicial mechanism, such as an information commissioner. The Ombudsman’s decisions are non-binding. 

There are no sanctions specified in the law for violations of FOI provisions, nor are there any enforcement or oversight bodies tasked with managing implementation. 


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Scope and Coverage808080
Information access and release888888
Exceptions and Overrides676767
Sanctions for non-compliance000
Monitoring and Oversight171717

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Scope and Coverage

Scope of disclosure

Existence of legal right to access Yes. The purpose of this Regulation is: (a) to define the principles, conditions and limits on grounds of public or private interest governing the right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission (hereinafter referred to as ‘the institutions’) documents provided for in Article 255 of the EC Treaty in such a way as to ensure the widest possible access to documents, (b) to establish rules ensuring the easiest possible exercise of this right, and (c) to promote good administrative practice on access to documents. (Article 1, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
"Information" or "Documents" is defined Yes. (a) ‘document’ shall mean any content whatever its medium (written on paper or stored in electronic form or as a sound, visual or audiovisual recording) concerning a matter relating to the policies, activities and decisions falling within the institution's sphere of responsibility; (Article 3, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Proactive disclosure is specified Yes. 4. Without prejudice to Articles 4 and 9, documents shall be made accessible to the public either following a written application or directly in electronic form or through a register. (Article 2, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)

Coverage of public and private sectors

Executive branch Yes. The purpose of this Regulation is: (a) to define the principles, conditions and limits on grounds of public or private interest governing the right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission (hereinafter referred to as ‘the institutions’) documents provided for in Article 255 of the EC Treaty in such a way as to ensure the widest possible access to documents (Article 1, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Legislative branch Yes. The purpose of this Regulation is: (a) to define the principles, conditions and limits on grounds of public or private interest governing the right of access to European Parliament, Council and Commission (hereinafter referred to as ‘the institutions’) documents provided for in Article 255 of the EC Treaty in such a way as to ensure the widest possible access to documents (Article 1, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Judicial branch No. Absent from legal framework
Other public bodies No. Absent from legal framework
Private sector No. Absent from legal framework

Access to specific documents (subject to reactive and/or proactive disclosure)

Draft legal instruments Yes. 2. In particular, legislative documents, that is to say, documents drawn up or received in the course of procedures for the adoption of acts which are legally binding in or for the Member States, should, subject to Articles 4 and 9, be made directly accessible. (Article 12, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Enacted legal instruments Yes. Legislative acts shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. They shall enter into force on the date specified in them or, in the absence thereof, on the twentieth day following that of their publication. Regulations and directives which are addressed to all Member States, as well as decisions which do not specify to whom they are addressed, shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. They shall enter into force on the date specified in them or, in the absence thereof, on the twentieth day following that of their publication. (Article 297, Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union 2012/C 326/01)
Annual budgets Yes. 3. The implementation of expenditure shown in the budget shall require the prior adoption of a legally binding Union act providing a legal basis for its action and for the implementation of the corresponding expenditure in accordance with the regulation referred to in Article 322, except in cases for which that law provides. (Article 310, Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union 2012/C 326/01)
Annual chart of accounts (actual expenditures) Yes. 3. The implementation of expenditure shown in the budget shall require the prior adoption of a legally binding Union act providing a legal basis for its action and for the implementation of the corresponding expenditure in accordance with the regulation referred to in Article 322, except in cases for which that law provides. (Article 310, Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union 2012/C 326/01)
Annual reports of public entities and programs Yes. 3. Where possible, other documents, notably documents relating to the development of policy or strategy, should be made directly accessible. (Article 12, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)

Information access and release

Procedural access

Universal access (agencies, citizens and non-citizens) Yes. 1. Any citizen of the Union, and any natural or legal person residing or having its registered office in a Member State, has a right of access to documents of the institutions, subject to the principles, conditions and limits defined in this Regulation. (Article 2, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Type of request is specified (written, electronic, oral) Yes. 1. Applications for access to a document shall be made in any written form, including electronic form, in one of the languages referred to in Article 314 of the EC Treaty and in a sufficiently precise manner to enable the institution to identify the document. The applicant is not obliged to state reasons for the application. (Article 6, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Assistance to requesters must be provided by law (includes barriers due to language differences, illiteracy, complexity of requests, etc.) Yes. 4. The institutions shall provide information and assistance to citizens on how and where applications for access to documents can be made. (Article 6, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Cost of access is specified (free, request fees, photocopying costs, other administrative costs)

Deadlines for release of information

20-day response deadline Yes. 1. An application for access to a document shall be handled promptly. An acknowledgement of receipt shall be sent to the applicant. Within 15 working days from registration of the application, the institution shall either grant access to the document requested and provide access in accordance with Article 10 within that period or, in a written reply, state the reasons for the total or partial refusal and inform the applicant of his or her right to make a confirmatory application in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Article. (Article 7, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Agency granted right to extend response time Yes. 3. In exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided for in paragraph 1 may be extended by 15 working days, provided that the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given. (Article 7, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Maximum total response time of no more than 40 days Yes. 3. In exceptional cases, for example in the event of an application relating to a very long document or to a very large number of documents, the time-limit provided for in paragraph 1 may be extended by 15 working days, provided that the applicant is notified in advance and that detailed reasons are given. (Article 7, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)

Exceptions and Overrides

Exemptions to disclosure

Existence of secrecy/states secrets law No. Absent from legal framework
Existence of personal privacy/data law Yes. REGULATION (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (REGULATION (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data)
Specific exemptions to disclosure Yes. Exemptions are explained in Article 4. (Article 4, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)
Public Interest test: Specified exemptions to disclosure may be overridden in cases where disclosure of information benefits the public interest.

Appeals

Appeals allowed within public entities No. Absent from legal framework
Independent, non-judicial appeals mechanism, e.g., information commissioner. Does not include Ombudsman unless appeals decisions are binding. No. Ombudsman decisions are not binding.
Judicial appeals mechanism Yes. In the event of a total or partial refusal, the institution shall inform the applicant of the remedies open to him or her, namely instituting court proceedings against the institution and/or making a complaint to the Ombudsman, under the conditions laid down in Articles 230 and 195 of the EC Treaty, respectively. (Article 8, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)

Sanctions for non-compliance

Administrative sanctions are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework
Fines are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework
Criminal sanctions are specified for violations of disclosure requirements No. Absent from legal framework

Monitoring and Oversight

Information officers must be appointed in public agencies No. Absent from legal framework
Public body that is responsible for applying sanctions No. Absent from legal framework
Public body that is responsible for public outreach (raising public awareness) No. Absent from legal framework
Nodal agency for RTI (implementation support/compliance within public sector). Does not include Ombudsman. No. Absent from legal framework
Ombudsman involvement in implementation is specified by law No. Absent from legal framework
Reporting of data and/or implementation is required Yes. 1. Each institution shall publish annually a report for the preceding year including the number of cases in which the institution refused to grant access to documents, the reasons for such refusals and the number of sensitive documents not recorded in the register. 2. At the latest by 31 January 2004, the Commission shall publish a report on the implementation of the principles of this Regulation and shall make recommendations, including, if appropriate, proposals for the revision of this Regulation and an action programme of measures to be taken by the institutions. (Article 17, Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents)

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (English)pdf
Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union 2012/C 326/01 (English)pdf
Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (English)pdf

Public Procurement

The European public procurement system is regulated by Directive 2014/24 on public procurement, Directive 2014/23 on concessions and Directive 2014/25 on public procurement for water, energy, transport and postal services. There is no common public procurement body for EU level procurements.

The lowest minimum thresholds for conducting a public procurement tender are:

EUR 134000 for goods

EUR 5186000 for works

EUR 134000 for services

The minimum number of bidders is 5 for restricted procedures, negotiated procedures and competitive dialogue or innovation partnerships. The minimum submission period is 35 days for open procedures, 30 days for restricted procedures and 30 for negotiated procedures from dispatch date. The final beneficial owners do not have to be disclosed when placing a bid. (Member states can decide independently.)

There is no preferential treatment, however environmental considerations are allowed to alter decisions. Furthermore, there are several options for bid exclusion (closed list): participation in a criminal organization, fraud, corruption, terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist activities, money laundering or terrorist financing, child labour and other forms of trafficking of human beings. Furthermore, extremely low bid prices can be excluded as well.

In the bid evaluation phase, there are conflict of interest restrictions on the composition of the evaluation committee. However, no form of independence from the contracting authority is mandated for the evaluation committee.

There is no regulation on a payable fee in case of an arbitration procedure and no regulation on whether decisions have to be publicly released or not. (Member states can decide independently.)


Quantitative Data

Primary Metric

201220152016Trend
Scope100100
Information availability9292
Evaluation6767
Open competition8686
Institutional arrangements4545

Values lie in range between 0 and 100, higher values implying higher legislation comprehensiveness


Qualitative Data

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Scope

Threshold - lowest PP

What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type GOODS) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type WORKS) EUR 5186000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.a)
What is the minimum contract value above which the public procurement law is applied? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)

Threshold - by PP type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: PUBLIC SECTOR) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: UTILITIES) EUR 414000. 0 (Directive 2014/25, art. 15.a)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Entity: DEFENCE) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)

Threshold - by product type

What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type GOODS) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type WORKS) EUR 5186000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.a)
What are the minimum application thresholds for the procurement type? (Product type SERVICES) EUR 134000. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 4.b)

Information availability

Publishing and record keeping

Which are the documents which are published in full? prior information notices and contract notices have different requirements, documents listed in the legal reference (see article). 0 (Directive 2014/24, Annex V, parts B, C)
Are any of these documents published online at a central place? yes. encouraged, not compulsory; Member States may render the use of electronic catalogues mandatory in connection with certain types of procurement (Directive 2014/24, art. 36.1)
Is it mandatory to keep these records? Public notices of bidding opportunities, Bidding documents and addenda, Bid opening records, Bid evaluation reports, Formal appeals by bidders and outcomes, Final signed contract documents and addenda and amendments, Claims and dispute resolutions, Final payments, Disbursement data (as required by the country’s financial management system) yes. obligation to keep all information for those contracts with values above EUR 1,000,000 for goods and services and EUR 10,000,000 for works, at least for the duration of the contract (Directive 2014/14, art. 83.6)
Are contracts awarded within a framework agreement published? yes. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 50.1)

Sub-contracting

Is it mandatory to publish information on subcontractors in some cases? yes. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 71)
If yes, above what proportion of subcontracted value is it mandatory? set by Member states. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 71)

Evaluation

Preferential treatment

Is there a ban on mentioning specific companies or products in tender specification/call for tender? yes. Tech specs shall afford equal acces of EO to PP and shall not have the effect of creating unjustified obstacles to the opening up of procurement to competition. To the extent that national law is compatible with EU law, the specs shall be formulated in terms of performance or functional requirements; by reference to technical specifications or national standards (Directive 2014/24, art. 42.2, 42.3)
Are there restrictions on allowable grounds for tenderer exclusion? yes. closed list: participation in a criminal organisation, fraud, corruption, terrorist offences or offences linked to terrorist activities, money laundering or terrorist financing, child labour and other forms of trafficking of human beings (Directive 2014/24, art. 57)
Is there a preferential treatment for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)? no. member states shall ensure that info and guidance is provided to SMEs in correctly applying EU rules (Directive 2014/24, art. 83.4.a))
Is there a preferential treatment for local/national companies? (companies from other EU MS are considered foreign companies) no. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 19)
Is there a specific set of rules for green/sustainable procurement? yes. could be criteria for computation of MEAT (Directive 2014/24, art. 67)
Are some bids automatically excluded such as lowest/highest price; unusually low price, etc. abnormally low tenders. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 69)

Bid evaluation

Is scoring criteria published and explicit? yes. CA should specify criteria and weighting in the procurement documents (Directive 2014/24, art. 57.5)
Can evaluation decision be made by a single person (as opposed to a committee)? Yes. not in design contests (EU Directive 2014/24 Classic, article 80-81)
Are there regulations on evaluation committee composition to prevent conflict of interest? yes. CA shall ensure to take appropriate measures (Directive 2014/24, art. 24)
If yes, what is banned? any situation where staff members of the CA or of a procurement service provider acting on behalf of the CA who are involved in the conduct of the procurement procedure or may influence the outcome of that procedure have, directly or indirectly, a financial, economic or other personal interest which might be perceived to compromise their impartiality and independence in the context of the procurement procedure. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 24)
Is some part of evaluation comitee mandatorily independent of contracting authority? no. no requirement
Are scoring results recorded and publicly available? no. no requirement
Under which conditions can the tender be cancelled? no. no requirement

Open competition

CFT publication

Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: OPEN) prior information notice not compulsory; contract notice and contract award notice compulsory. electronic sending to the Publications Journal of the EU (TED), at the national level authorities should publish in central portal and buyer's profile (Directive 2014/24, art. 51, 52, 53)
Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: RESTRICTED) invitation to candidates simultaneously to all of them. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 54)
Where should the call for tenders be published? (Procedure type: NEGOTIATED) invitation to candidates simultaneously to all of them. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 54)

Minimum # of bidders

If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? RESTRICTED 5. 5: restricted, negotiated, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships (Directive 2014/24, art. 65)
If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? NEGOTIATED 5. 5: restricted, negotiated, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships (Directive 2014/24, art. 65)
If there is a minimum number of bidders stipulated, under what conditions? COMPETITIVE DIALOGUE 5. 5: restricted, negotiated, competitive dialogue and innovation partnerships (Directive 2014/24, art. 65)

Bidding period length

What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: OPEN) 35. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 27.1)
What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: RESTRICTED) 30. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 28.1)
What are the minimum number of days for advertisement required? (Procedure type: NEGOTIATED) 30. 0 (Directive 2014/24, art. 29.1)

Institutional arrangements

Institutions and regulations

What are the main EXCEPTIONS preventing the application of the public procurement law for tenders/organisations? electronic communications, contracts and design contests organised pursuant to international rules, specific service exclusions, (central bank, research and development, broadcasting…), defence (restricted scope: list of products in annex III). 0 (Directive 2014/24, arts. 7-17)
What are the main types of institutions which have to apply the public procurement law? contracting authorities. defined as "State, regional or local authorities, bodies governed by public law or associations formed by one or more such authorities or one or more such bodies governed by public law" (Directive 2014/24, art. 2.1(1))
What are the main procedure types or procurement methods permitted by law? open, restricted, innovation partnerships, competitive procedure with negotiation (negotiated), competitive dialogue, . 0
Is there a procurement arbitration court dedicated to public procurement cases? Directives set obligation of outcome to be achieved. Member states decide how to implement them. 0
Is there a procurement regulatory body dedicated to public procurement? No.
Is the procurement regulatory body independent? Not applicable.
Is the procurement advisors' profession legally defined (i.e. degree to be obtained, official list of members of the professional association) and its role in the tendering procedure described (e.g. right to draft tender documentations, conduct market research identifying bidders)? decision of member states. 0
Is disclosure of final, beneficial owners required for placing a bid? decision of member states. 0

Complaints

Is there a fee for arbitration procedure? decision of member states. 0
If yes, how much Not applicable. 0
Is there a ban on contract signature until arbitration court decision (first instance court)? yes. 0 (Directive 2007/66/EC, art. 2.d)
What is the maximum number of days until arbitration court decision from filing a complaint? 10. 10 days of standstill (Directive 2007/66/EC, art. 2.d)
Are arbitration court decisions required to be publicly released? decision of member states. 0

Qualitative data for 2016


Legislation

Directive 2014/24/EC INCORRECT ON THE WEBSITE - SHOULD END IN "EC" NOT "EU"missing file:
Directive 2007/66/ECmissing file: