Anti-Corruption Study (Past Project)

Corruption is a widespread phenomenon that constitutes a considerable challenge for the countries of the Danube region. Just the valley of the River Danube is extensive, so too are the region’s deficiencies in combatting corruption when compared with neighbouring States.

It is in this context that the Max Planck Foundation is supporting the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in its project for combatting corruption in the Danube region by carrying out a study on procedures of best practices in the region.

The aim of this study is therefore to identify the most promising anti-corruption measures which have already been partially implemented, but which are nonetheless still in their developmental stages. First and foremost, this undertaking should serve as an incentive that encourages an active approach in dealing with corruption. The study will enable individuals to carry out a more exact analysis of measures and incentives for combatting and preventing corruption and make it possible for them to determine the extent to which such measures might be successful in their own countries.

The study is being carried out in cooperation with the Bulgarian Interior Ministry. Through direct communication and the evaluation of questionnaires, current measures will be analysed and, as far as is possible, a preliminary assessment of them will be made. This approach not only allows for the identification of some of the anti-corruption measures which have been implemented in the Danube region, but in addition to this, it will be possible to single out those measures which can be categorised as being potentially successful at a national level. Such a depiction will not only provide as snapshot of the anti-corruption procedures of these countries but it will also act as a resource to help States curb corruption more effectively as concrete steps which have been taken will be outlined.

Finally, the study presents a possibility for building stronger networks between experts and actors in the struggle against corruption, as it is these individuals who must establish a dialogue with those in positions of responsibility. Procedures of best practice are not merely abstract suggestions for solutions, but also have the advantage of being applicable in practice. Details of problems, obstacles and successes can be exchanged, thereby enabling a learning process which is based upon this mutual exchange.