This video for the 2nd Summit for Democracy focuses on fighting corruption as a key element of democracy, peace and security. The video combines speakers from two democratic cohorts under the Summit for Democracy:

– Anti-Corruption Policies, led by the Ministry of Justice of Bulgaria, Basel Institute on Governance and the Center for the Study of Democracy

– International Cooperation for Anti-Corruption, led by the Government of Moldova, Basel Institute on Governance and Transparency

International Contributions:

* Gretta Fenner, Managing Director, Basel Institute on Governance: “We are very pleased to have partnered with the Governments of Bulgaria and Moldova on two anti-corruption cohorts for the Summit for Democracy. We’re also very grateful to our two long-standing civil society partners, the Center for the Study of Democracy and Transparency International, to have worked so wonderfully alongside us on this endeavour. I look forward to presenting the findings at the upcoming conference in Korea and of course to many years of working with partners to implement the recommendations for a more successful fight against corruption.”

* Krum Zarkov, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria: “The Summit for Democracy highlights that no democracy is immune to corruption. Good governance is not a final destination but a constant process of reaffirming democratic values, the checks and balances system, the rule of law. And in this process, we seek not only words but actions – actions that will stop the siphoning of public resources from our country for the benefit of our citizens, for the benefit of Bulgaria and the global citizenship.”

*Iulian Rusu, Director, National Anti-Corruption Centre, Moldova: “To achieve real progress in the fight against corruption, we need all stakeholders involved – from civil society and from other states committed to democratic principles. That’s why we are happy to have the support offered by the Basel Institute on Governance and by Transparency International in achieving our objectives under the Summit of Democracy, and to be collaborating closely with our Bulgarian counterparts.”

*Ruslan Stefanov, Program Director, Center for the Study of Democracy: “Civil society and international democratic leaders have been at the forefront of anti-corruption reforms globally and in Southeast Europe. We have achieved a lot in preventing and fighting back against oligarchic networks and state capture. Yet it is only through public-private partnerships – through engaging constructively with government institutions and the private sector – that we can achieve sustained anti-corruption efforts, resilience and democracies that deliver.”

* Daniel Eriksson, CEO, Transparency International: “Dismantling organised kleptocratic networks requires collaboration on global, regional and local levels. The Summit for Democracy anti-corruption cohort with Moldova has brought together state and non-state actors. This gives it a far greater probability of having real impact on the ground, making a difference and not only resulting in high-level commitments.”

More info at the Basel Institute on Governance