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Europe is corrupt!

Friday, 17 February 2012
Europeans think that the EU and its national administration are corrupt, writes the Brussels newspaper European Voice on the basis of a recent survey.

According to the latest Eurobarometer opinion poll, three quarters of EU citizens consider that corruption exists within the Union. Swedes are among the most critical, but also in Austria and Belgium, a large proportion of the population feel that the EU is corrupt.

Within the EU, 30 cases of corruption occurred during the past five years. Even more believe that there is corruption in their own country's administration. A full 80 percent see their own country's government as corrupt. Only in five countries there is a perception that the country's governance is not corrupt.

These include Finland, where only 36 percent of the respondents believe that corruption is a major problem. So do 67 percent of Finns believe that corruption is a problem in the EU.

The survey also reveals that about 8 percent of the respondents said they had been asked or expected to pay a bribe in the past year.

"Corruption is a disease that destroys a country from within, undermining trust in democratic institutions, weakening the accountability of political leadership and playing into the hands of organized crime groups," Cecilia Malmstrom, the Swedish EU's commissioner for home affairs, said Wednesday.
The economic costs incurred by corruption in the EU have been estimated at €120 billion euros each year.

Last year, the commission adopted an anti-corruption package urging a stronger focus on corruption in all relevant EU policies. It is scheduled to publish its first EU anti-corruption report
By Scancomark.se Team

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