CCC Candidacy 2024: Transparency International Deutschland e.V.

Organization: Transparency International Deutschland e.V.
Name of Organization’s Representative: Angela Reitmaier
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Country: Germany
Which seat are you nominating for? Europe Regional Seat 1

Organization’s Profile

Transparency International Deutschland e.V. (Transparency Germany) is the national chapter of Transparency International.

Transparency International is a global network leading the fight against corruption, including more than 100 established national chapters. The chapters fight corruption on the national level in a number of ways: They bring together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, in public administration, in procurement and in business.Transparency’s global chapter network also uses advocacy campaigns to lobby governments in order for them to implement anti-corruption reforms.

Transparency Germany is recognized as a non-profit organization and works independently. Basic principles are integrity, accountability, transparency and participation of civil society. The aim is to raise public awareness about the harmful consequences of corruption and to strengthen integrity systems.

As in all other countries, problems range from the public to the private sphere, from the environmental crime to strategic corruption.

Transparency Germany was founded in 1993 and currently has more than 1300 members. A key element of Transparency Germany’s work is the work with and by volunteers. Thematically and regionally organized groups serve as forums for the exchange of information and the development of new positions and demands.

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Organization’s Experience

Germany ratified the UN Convention against Corruption only in 2014 and underwent the 1st and 2nd reviews in 2016 and 2018.

Transparency Germany has supported UNCAC- related activities primarily through its Working Group on International Agreements. Two of its members met the review teams, providing oral and written comments. They have been following up on the implementation of the Transparency Pledge made by Germany in 2015 and are now urgently awaiting the Government briefing of civil society on the recommendations of the two reviews; the Government also promised to include an update on the Implementation Review Mechanism.

The Working Group’s focus on international agreements adds a wider perspective to its support of the work of the  UNCAC Coalition. Following a suggestion of the UNCAC Coalition, the Working Group got one of its members invited to join the German government delegation to the CoSP in Atlanta.

As part of a program organized by Transparency International in 2023, Transparency Germany has been promoting climate governance integrity, including by fighting environmental crimes. One of its staff recently joined the UNCAC Coalition’s Working Group on Environmental Crime and Corruption, opening up avenues for cooperation with the Coalition beyond the Working Group on International Agreements.

Top 3 Priorities to Achieve as a CCC Member

  1. Compensation for victims of corruption: working towards challenging the legal theory that bribery of public officials is a victimless crime, in particular as far as victims of Grand Corruption are involved, and using for advocacy the push of the European Parliament for victims’ compensation in the context of the planned EU Anticorruption Directive, which is based on UNCAC.
  2.  Climate governance and environmental crimes
  3.  Political finance: using the lessons learnt in trying to get a resolution passed at the CoSP in Atlanta for a resolution at the CoSP in Qatar in 2025.

Candidate’s Profile

Angela Reitmaier is a lawyer with a PhD in European Communities Law from the Free University of Berlin and a Master of Comparative Law from The George Washington University.

She has worked for different organizations and in different places: for the German Ministry of Economics when still in Bonn; for a US law firm and as a consultant for German companies in Washington, D.C.; for UNDP and the Kenyan office of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in Nairobi; and as consultant for Transparency International’s Conventions Team in Berlin.

Since 2013 she has been a volunteer for Transparency Germany, as chair of the Working Group on International Agreements (2014–2019), as member of the Board (2019-2022), and currently as expert for international anti-corruption conventions.

She serves on the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation and the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Her contribution on Civil Society’s Fight against Transnational Corruption to a Handbook on Anti-Corruption Research is expected to be published in the fall.

She wrote blogs on Mandatory Due Diligence in Supply Chains for Human Rights, Environment and Corruption Prevention and Publishing Court Decisions in Germany.

Contributions to the Work of the Coalition

I have been Transparency Germany’s representative for the UNCAC Coalition since 2022, a responsibility which would link well with serving on the CCC. I had supported the work of the Coalition also while chairing the Working Group on International Agreements during 2014-2019. I moderated workshops on grand corruption at the CoSPs in St. Petersburg and Vienna and joined the German Government delegation to the CoSP in Atlanta. Recently, I proposed a presentation by Prof. Olaf Meyer on civil law principles of compensation in corruption cases, which will be held at the next meeting of the Victims of Corruption Working Group.

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