Italy, Greece, Romania and Bulgaria are seen as equally corrupt among EU countries, while Denmark is the least graft-prone country, according to the yearly corruption perception index published by Transparency International on Wednesday (3 December).
The index scores and ranks countries around the world based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
Transparency International notes that in 2014 there were numerous scandals in “old Europe”.
In France, Spain and Italy they included a former president, a current regional president and members of the royal family, “not to mention dozens of politicians and influential business people”.
The Corruption Perceptions Index scores in many EU countries remain unchanged or have improved slightly.
“In part, this is because the economic situation has stabilised, at least at present, and in some cases, governments are starting to tackle endemic corruption,” TI explains.
It cites Greece as an example where recent reforms have moved the country up by three points – even as it still has the lowest score in the EU, together with Italy, Romania and Bulgaria.
Tax-dodging is also an issue for the EU as a whole. (Full Article EUobserver.com)
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