In recent years there has been a proliferation of reports of an increase in political corruption on many levels in Europe and globally. As a result, populist forces have gained ground, challenging the legitimacy of national and international institutions and of our common values. In addition, several of these forces receive support from authoritarian states such as Russia and Venezuela.
To counter this, good behaviour and high ethical standards of the representatives of national, EU and international institutions is essential. In order to strengthen the confidence of the people and to tackle the many challenges facing ordinary citizens, we need to increase participation and transparency to regain trust in the institutions, representatives and values by effectively fighting corruption. This panel will focus on how political corruption can be fought. It will also discuss the impact of the interference of Russia, Venezuela and other authoritarian states.