Description of the project

Mission and Vision

In recent times, corruption has gained recognition as a pervasive issue impacting various sectors. It extends its influence over public funds, public health, public security, and, notably, public trust in democratic systems. As emphasised by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her 2022 State of the Union address, in order to uphold European values credibly, the EU must address corruption domestically and combat it vigorously both within the EU and globally, utilising legal measures to their fullest extent.

BrideGap contributes new approaches for combatting corruption and other undue influences on political decision-making. The project ambition is to a) achieve an overall and deeper understanding of corruption from an interdisciplinary perspective, b) increase knowledge and data on political corruption (and other undue influences) as well as c) support and further stimulate the potential usage of modern technologies to detect, prevent and fight corruption.

Key Objectives

BridgeGap treats corruption as a policy problem and focuses on understanding both the domestic vulnerabilities and the cross-border factors that undermine the control of corruption. From January 2024 to December 2027, BridgeGap will aim to:

  • Fill the knowledge gaps regarding the degree to which corruption infiltrates open societies and threatens the democratic order, and the mechanism used. 
  • Assess, explain and find solutions to the digital transparency gaps, ranging from the use of technology in corruption and anticorruption to public accountability and integrity. 
  • Find solutions to regulatory gaps and enforcement gaps assessing the comprehensiveness and consistency of public accountability and anticorruption regulation across EU member states and neighbouring countries. 
  • Fill the academia–policy gap in corruption studies.


Project Principal Investigator

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, ERCAS-SAR & LUISS Guido Carli

Academic Coordinator

Marieke Willems, The Lisbon Council

Steering Committee Members

Brigitte Unger, Lisbon Council & Utrecht University

Rita Marchetti, University of Perugia

David Levi-Faur, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Work Package leaders

WP1: David Levi-Faur

WP2: Janine Wedel

WP3: Brigitte Unger

WP4: Adina Dudau

WP5: Joras Ferwerda

WP6: Rita Marchetti

WP7: Roberto Kukutschka

WP8: Salvatore Sberna

WP9: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

WP10: Francesco Osimanti

WP11: Marieke Willems

Dissemination Manager

Francesco Osimanti, The Lisbon Council

Data Manager

M. Marcello Verona, The Lisbon Council