40 NGOs call on the EU to take action to curb corruption

Added 08 Dec 2017

In the lead up to International Anti-Corruption Day on the 9th of December 40 NGOs stand alongside anti-corruption activists to call on the EU to deliver strong transparency measures at its upcoming Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) negotiations on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.

Evidence from the World Bank suggests that 70% of large-scale corruption cases involve anonymous companies and trusts. These secretive structures help conceal the identities of corrupt individuals and businesses involved in illegal activities, resulting in the loss of billions from the world’s poorest countries.


Major leaks – including the Panama Papers and Russian and Azerbaijani Laundromats - have shown the current EU anti-money laundering regime does not adequately prevent corrupt money from flowing through Europe's financial centres. Despite growing public concern about corruption and other evasive activities, most recently following the Paradise Papers, EU member states have so far failed to meaningfully address anonymous EU companies and trusts.


We, the below signatories, call on European leaders to agree on robust new anti-money laundering legislation to tackle illicit financial flows through public disclosure of beneficial ownership of companies and trusts. The EU needs to show its commitment as a global leader in the fight against money laundering and corruption.

  • Global Witness
  • Transparency International
  • EG Justice
  • The ONE Campaign
  • Global Integrity
  • Eurodad
  • Transparency International France
  • Oxfam
  • Accountability Lab
  • Follow Taxes, Nigeria, West Africa and Africa
  • Enough is Enough, Nigeria
  • Women and Children Hope Center, DRC
  • Foundation For Environmental Rights,Advocacy & Development (FENRAD NIGERIA)
  • Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
  • Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth (FOCONE) Nigeria
  • PWYP, UK
  • Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas Initiative (JDPC), Enugu Diocese
  • Excellent World Foundation, Nigeria
  • L'Association Guinéenne pour la Transparence (AGT) 
  • Pro Ethical Trade Finland
  • Policy alert (grassroot people empowerment foundation)
  • Development Diaries Ltd/GTE
  • OpenCorporates, UK
  • Réseau Foi & Justice Afrique Europe
  • Partners for community empowerment (PACE) 
  • Ekvilib Institute, Slovenia
  • Transparency International Slovenia
  • EnaBanda, Slovenia
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Society Nigeria
  • Centre national de coopération au développement (CNCD-11.11.11), Belgium
  • SLOGA Slovenian Global Action
  • Institute of Global Responsibility, Poland
  • Plateforme Paradis Fiscaux et Judiciaires, France
  • CCFD-Terre Solidaire, France
  • PWYP Cameroon
  • Focus Association for Sustainable Development
  • Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
  • World Economy, Ecology & Development – WEED  
  • Weltwirtschaft, Ökologie & Entwicklung - WEED e.V.
  • Transparência e Integridade, Portugal