EUPOL COPPS Head calls for honouring sacrifices made during pandemic by fighting corruption

On International Corruption Day 2020 (9 December), the Head of EUPOL COPPS Nataliya Apostolova called for a reinvigorated effort to fight corruption around the world at an international conference held in Ramallah, under the auspices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“This challenging past year, perhaps more than ever in recent decades, has underlined in the starkest terms why the fight against corruption matters,” Ms Apostolova said in her address to the audience via video link. “In the context of the ongoing pandemic, it seems even more unjust for corrupt practices to undermine the many sacrifices being made. It is no exaggeration to say that by depriving public institutions of necessary funding, corruption costs lives”.   

The conference held in Ramallah on 9 December was the second annual international conference held by the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), bringing together experts from different countries and backgrounds to seek solutions to tackling corruption. The event opened with addresses by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Stayyeh on behalf of President Abbas and the Head of PACC, Ahmed Barak. Opening remarks were also delivered by high-level speakers from Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Russian Federation, as well as the Head of EUPOL COPPS.

“It is an extremely positive sign that today’s conference has adopted a holistic approach, with the Palestinian public, civic and private sector as well as international experts all being included,” Ms Apostolova noted during her speech.

As a policing and rule of law Mission EUPOL COPPS is committed to supporting efforts to root out corruption. On 8 December, Ms Apostolova met Dr Barak to discuss the continued cooperation between EUPOL COPPS and PACC.