New publication on transitional allowances for former public office holders, December 2017

We recently presented a new study to the European Parliament on the transitional allowances for former office holders. The study covers practices in a series of institutions such as in the European Parliament, Commission and Council. The arrangements for these institutions are contrasted with approaches in several EU and non-EU countries.

While there is extensive research on what happens to public office holders after the end of their mandate, there is little knowledge on the allowance they receive between jobs. Office holders benefit of networking during their time in office which should put them in a position to secure a new job. As a result they are strongly exposed to conflicts of interest. Transitional allowance are meant to prevent this. However, the study shows that there is no empirical evidence out there on its effectiveness to prevent conflicts of interest. In addition, it is unclear what are the needs of officials following the end of their mandate and office.

Evaluation for the OECD, December 2017

Were are currently conducting the evaluation of the EU-funded project Interrelations between Public Policies, Migration and Development (IPPMD) implemented by the OECD. The project’s goal was to provide policy makers with evidence on the way migration influences specific sectors (i.e. labour market, agriculture, education, investment and financial services, and social protection and health) and, how sectoral policies affect migration. The research focused on four dimensions of the migration cycle: emigration, remittances, return and immigration. Ten partner countries were involved: Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Haiti, Morocco and the Philippines.

In the framework of the IPPMD final evaluation, we attended the first OECD Development Centre’s Policy Dialogue on migration and development held in Paris in October. In November, we conducted field missions in the Philippines and Georgia to meet with the project’s focal points at the government level, the local research partners, international organisations and relevant government agencies and civil society organisations.

New collaboration with the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, April 2017

In April 2017, the Fundación Carlos de Amberes and Blomeyer & Sanz signed a collaboration agreement. With this collaboration, we aim to support the Foundation in promoting and developing international and European research programmes and activities, as well as promoting cultural exchange between Spain, France and the Benelux countries.

Together with the Foundation’s Centro de Investigación y Debate, we aim to strengthen knowledge and understanding of public policy in the EU and explore synergies between good governance practices adopted in different EU Member States.

We look forward to a fruitful collaboration. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

New publication on the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, April 2017

On 27 April 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz and the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion titled: ‘The Impact of Schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on the Economy and Finances of a Sample of Member States’. 

The study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April 2016. The study explores the concepts and roles of tax havens and offshore financial centres, their budgetary, and the economic and financial impacts in a sample of EU Member States. The research combined previous estimates of tax revenue loss with a microeconomic assessment based on data on companies that are thought to be linked to the Panama Papers schemes. The most significant impacts identified are the negative effects on Member States’ budgets, with wider knock-on effects on economic growth and financial markets. It is recommended that further steps are taken at the national, EU and international levels to increase transparency of corporate and individual taxation and to limit the scope for tax evasion and tax avoidance.

The full report can be found here. the presentation slides can be found here

New publication on codes of conduct and conflicts of interest under the EU Structural and Investment Funds, March 2017

On 22 March 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Budgetary Control titled: ‘Codes of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest at any governance level of the management of EU Funds’. The study reviews the Member States’ experience with codes of conduct and conflicts of interest affecting the partnership arrangements under the European Structural and Investment Funds. The focus is on conflicts of interest affecting the Monitoring Committees under the European Regional Development and European Social Fund. The study reviews the rules and other approaches to deal with conflicts of interest, discusses best practices and ends with conclusions and recommendations advocating a complementary rule and value based approach supported by transparency and ethical leadership.

The study was authored by Dr. Christoph Demmke (assisted by David Hanel), Roland Blomeyer, Dr. Thomas Henökel, Mike Beke, and Timo Moilanen.

The full report can be found here. The presentation slides can be found here.

Chapter on corporate crime prevention for the new publication ‘Crime Prevention: International perspectives, issues and trends’, January 2017

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-12-46-06This new publication, edited by John A. Winterdyk, presents an international approach to the study of crime prevention. It offers an expansive overview of crime prevention initiatives and how they are applied across a wide range of themes and infractions, from conventional to non-conventional forms of crime.

Based on a review of the literature, this is the first text to offer a broad, yet comprehensive, examination of how and why crime prevention has gained considerable traction as an alternative to conventional criminal justice practices of crime control in developed countries, and to provide a cross-sectional view of how crime prevention has been applied and how effective such initiatives have been. Crime Prevention: International Perspectives, Issues, and Trends is suitable for undergraduate students in criminology and criminal justice programs, as well as for graduates and undergraduates in special topics courses.

I have contributed to the publication with a chapter on corporate crime prevention.

More information can be found here:

Blomeyer & Sanz will work with the Global Fund to ensure integrity in procurement of mosquito nets

Source: Flickr by Julian Harneis

Together with the Basel Institute on Governance  our firm has been appointed Integrity Monitor for procurement of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in the fight against malaria. The work started in October 2016.

The Global Fund is an international partnership organisation designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The role of the Integrity Monitor is to facilitate transparency and accountability in the LLIN bidding and registration process, as well as to identify and promote industry best practices in reducing corruption risks through anti-corruption Collective Action. The project is the first of its kind conducted by the Global Fund, which has obtained commitment from the world’s leading manufacturers of LLINs to participate in an Integrity Pact for global LLIN procurement.

As Integrity Monitor, we will work with the companies to identify best practices for their compliance programmes; develop guidance for the implementation of the Integrity Pact and over time seek to develop a multi-stakeholder approach for the expansion of this work.

Blomeyer & Sanz is conducting the independent external evaluation of the European Fisheries Control Agency

Blomeyer & Sanz was commissioned in May 2016 to conduct the second independent external evaluation of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). EFCA is a European Union agency established in 2005 to organise operational coordination of fisheries control and inspection activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate so as to comply with the rules of the Common EU Fisheries Policy in order to ensure its effective and uniform application.

Blomeyer & Sanz will conduct the independent evaluation which is foreseen to be published in the first half of 2017. More information on the activities of EFCA can be found here

Blomeyer & Sanz attended the 2016 Collective Action Conference in Basel

img_3063In October, Mike Beke attended the conference ‘Collective Action: Evidence, Experience and Impact’, hosted by the International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA) in Basel. The conference addressed the latest research and practice on anti-corruption Collective Action through panel discussions and workshops, involving experts from the private sector (e.g. Siemens, EY), public sector (e.g. OECD, FBI, Serious Fraud Office), as well as academia (e.g. International Anti-Corruption Academy, Basel Institute on Governance). 

All conference papers and presentations can be found here

New publication on the impact of the fisheries penalty point system, February 2016

Picture1In February we presented a new study for the European Parliament committee on Fisheries titled: Social and Economic Impact of the Penalty Point System.

This research study focuses on the social and economic impact of the penalty point system for serious fisheries infringements. Overall this study has identified challenges in relation to the penalty point system and its implementation. Stakeholders highlight concerns relating lack of transparency, problems of accountability, and lack of participation. Further, this report flags concerns that different implementation of the system on the national level negatively impacts smaller vessels and those fishing species with tight quotas or higher risk of bycatch.