The project aims at providing strategic analysis of the phenomenon of clientelism with regards to a very specific area: state owned companies in a number of four EU member states (three new EU members – Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic and one old member Italy historically characterised by a relevant State intervention in economy) providing common indicators, tools for comparative transnational and EU approaches, data visualization tools, policy recommendation EU and national level.

In particular, the project will provide more objective corruption and state capture indicators to highlight the impact of the existing EU mechanisms for anti corruption in certain Member States (such as the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Romania and Bulgaria) and propose new administrative, early warning and policy instruments to combat state capture in SOEs, in both old and new Member States.