Transparency and regulation of donations to political parties and electoral campaigns from foreign donors
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 24 June 2021 (22nd sitting) (see Doc. 15302, report of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy,
rapporteur: Mr Konstantin Kuhle). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 24 June 2021 (22nd sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to Resolution 2390 (2021)
and regulation of donations to political parties and electoral campaigns
from foreign donors”.
2. It recalls that political parties play a key role in the democratic
systems of Council of Europe member States and are essential tools
for expressing the political will of citizens and for organising
political debates and campaigns in a democratic society.
3. Citizens’ confidence in the integrity and independence of
the democratic decision-making process, which is of crucial importance
in ensuring the acceptance and resilience of democracy, depends, inter alia on the internal functioning
of political parties, including their financing and accountability,
and the prevention of corruption.
4. The Assembly expresses concern about reported attempts to
interfere improperly or illicitly in democratic decision making
in member States through financial contributions by foreign States
or State-linked entities to political parties and electoral campaigns.
In view of the above, the Assembly calls upon the Committee
of Ministers to:
5.1 consider carrying
out further work in the field of foreign financing of political
parties and electoral campaigns, building on relevant existing standards;
5.2 ask the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) to
consider focusing on the specific area of foreign financing of political
parties and electoral campaigns in its forthcoming evaluation rounds.