The group's mission is to establish a long-term network aimed at stimulating research on public sector integrity and ethics in Europe. The Study Group was launched at the 2003 EGPA Annual Conference and involved on average 40 participants in the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 sessions. The aim of these annual sessions is to present an overview of European research on ethics and integrity of governance with relevance for the practice of European governance and government and to provide an opportunity for researchers in this field to exchange and develop ideas. This introductory text summarises the focus of interest as well as the four main aims of the Study Group. It also provides a brief overview of the intended output and activities of the Study Group.