In 2006, exports of oil and minerals from Africa were worth roughly $249 billion, nearly six times the value of international aid. If used properly, this huge transfer of wealth could be one of the best chances in a generation to lift many of the world’s poorest and most dispossessed citizens out of poverty. Yet in many resource-rich countries corruption in the natural resource sector has led directly to conflict, human rights abuses and a worsening of inequality and poverty”.
As a citizen of the European Union, I urge the European Commission and Member States to propose legislation and to come forward with mechanisms to fight corruption in general and in particular in EU relations with third countries.
Ask the candidates and the Members of the European Parliament newly elected to put pressure on their government and the European institutions to make this happen.