In this special report, we assessed whether the ethical
frameworks of the European Parliament, the Council of the
European Union and the European Council, and the
European Commission were well established. We examined
all the levels of staff and Members, and analysed the
awareness of the ethical framework of the staff of
institutions by means of a survey. The implementation of
the ethical frameworks in the audited institutions did not
form part of the audit.
We concluded that, to a large extent, the audited
institutions established adequate ethical frameworks with
room for improvement. We found that there is no common
EU ethical framework governing the work of the
representatives of Member States in the Council.
Our audit also identified some weaknesses and areas for
harmonisation of the ethical frameworks, as well as
examples of good practices. The audited institutions should
improve their ethical frameworks, work together to
harmonise and make further efforts to share good practices
on ethical matters, and improve staff awareness and
perception of the ethical framework and culture.
Special report no 13/2019: The ethical frameworks of the audited EU institutions: scope for improvement