The CEELI Institute is delighted to join in a partnership with the International Foundation Electoral Systems (IFES) on a new project to strengthen the implementation of anti-corruption standards in Europe, with particular focus on Bulgaria, Romania, and Montenegro. The project will focus first on the identification of priority substantive anti-corruption reforms, and then on steps to assist local stakeholders in implementation of those reforms; for example, the project will assist in addressing as of yet unmet recommendations arising out of the evaluation processes undertaken by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). This project is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International, Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

This latest project continues long-standing collaborative work between CEELI and IFES, which has included organization of a number of joint roundtables at the Institute in Prague, as well as the hosting of IFES regional events. We are excited about this important opportunity for continued engagement.

CEELI has helped to assemble an impressive consortium for this project, to include the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives, the Expert Forum in Romania, and the Centre for Monitoring and Research in Montenegro (CeMI). This consortium will partner with domestic stakeholders and influencers in the three countries to identify, prioritize, and create action plans to tackle relevant anti-corruption reform recommendations. In this newly-launched project, the team will be working with local civil society partners in each target country, as well as judicial, electoral, and political actors, to prioritize anti-corruption reforms; map stakeholders that may support or block reforms; identify specific steps to ensure these reforms are implemented; and spearhead actual implementation (coordinating with other organizations and projects focused on corruption efforts in the target countries).