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EC: Corruption on the rise in Europe

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Corruption costs Europe €120 billion a year, or around 1% of overall economic output, according to the first-ever report on graft in the 28-nation European Union by the executive European Commission.

The findings are part of the European Commission Anti-Corruption Report drafted by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrøm based on a Europe-wide opinion poll of citizens and businesses, which found that corruption was believed to be on the rise nearly everywhere.

The poll by the Eurobarometer data service found that Greeks perceived their debt-laden country as the most corrupt, while citizens and businesspeople in Denmark reckoned it was the freest from graft and bribes of the EU-28.

“A quarter of Europeans (26%) consider that they are personally affected by corruption in their daily lives,” read the report in part. “Respondents are most likely to say they have experienced or witnessed corruption in Lithuania (25%), Slovakia (21%) and Poland (16%) and least likely to do so in Finland and Denmark (3% in each), Malta and the UK (4% in each).”

For information on the assessment of Hungary within the Anti-Corruption Report, click here.

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