Greece 'most corrupt' EU country, new survey reveals

 
Firebomb at anti-austerity riot in Greece Economic and social turmoil in Greece has contributed to an increased perception of corruption

Greece is perceived to have the most corrupt public sector of all 27 EU countries, a new global survey reveals.

Worldwide, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were seen as the least corrupt nations, while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were perceived to be the most corrupt.

Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index gathered views on 176 countries worldwide.

Two-thirds scored below 50, with zero highly corrupt and 100 very clean.

The UK ranked 17th in the world, with a score of 74.

Greece's global ranking fell from 80th in 2011 to 94th in 2012, reflecting the country's continuing economic turmoil and widespread tax evasion.

Italy was ranked 72nd, below EU-newcomer Romania at 66 in the index.

"Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making", said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International (TI), a body set up in 1993 to expose and tackle countrywide corruption.

"Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people."

TI believes there are strong correlations between poverty, conflict and perceived levels of corruption.

 

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    Comment number 179.

    It's a curious word, "corruption". Depending on your personal taste, the western system of representative democracy is the very definition of corruption, or of ideal government. Or both.
    If you believe that politics ought to be a competition amongst the most wealthy, with the first prize being ownership of all public revenues, to be distributed to the winner's circle, then we have no corruption.

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    Comment number 178.

    People rank Greece more corrupt than Italy?
    Now that's the real suprise here!

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    Comment number 177.

    146.whambam
    Any other HYS on the go? Getting bored with this one tbh

    I agree lets have some real news

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    Comment number 176.

    "Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making". Why would corrupt people (Governments headed up by expense-fiddling MPs, for example) do that? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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    Comment number 175.

    9.tony
    I wonder how the European commission would have fared if taken on its own?

    The reason there is any question mark over the EU accounts is that the individual countries are responsible for paying and accounting what is paid out. Consequently any corruption would relate to those countries and not Brussels. So the answer to your question is in this survey.

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    Comment number 174.

    Presumably the people leaving these negative 'perception' comments haven't actually looked at the TI site or read the methodology FAQs ?

    TI do some great ABC & AML work, which helps maintain & improve the integrity of the broader financial system.

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    Comment number 173.

    We surely need to know whose perceptions they are, whether they are all based on the same criteria, and what those criteria are. Otherwise its rubbish, and certainly not worth discussing here.

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    Comment number 172.

    Forgot to mention, didn't BAe in recent years pay a bribe to the Saudi's in order to gain lucrative military contracts?

    Surely by paying effectively a bribe, you are complicite in corruption?

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    Comment number 171.

    The headline is inflammatory and inaccurate. The report cited states that Greece is 'perceived to have the most corrupt public sector in the EU' - any Greek could have told you that! But, the BBC has twisted that to 'Greece most corrupt EU country' - totally different. Recently, Greece has probably had enough kicking from the Germans to last a lifetime, without the Beeb sticking the boot in too!

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    Comment number 170.

    Is Greeces economy in such a state because of corruption? Could there also be an element of - those who are clever at making money do so from the rest of us - if sufficient then that money is stagnant.

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    Comment number 169.

    I really can't believe that people do not consider that there was any corruption in the Hillsborough cover up. Mind boggling.

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    Comment number 168.

    The UK Govt is pretty corrupt, we're doing our best to win this race to the bottom eh:

    2 ex-confidants of British PM face bribery charges:
    http://www.kcautv.com/story/20144241/uk-pms-ex-aide-others-face-bribery-charges

    UK Government relaxes Bribery Act:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/bribery-act/8348833/Government-relaxes-Bribery-Act.html

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    Comment number 167.

    Funny how this comes out hot on the heels from Osborne's announcement that things are going continue to get worse for the UK.

    Reinforces my belief that the BBC is just like corporate-controlled US media, just in our case it is the government which is pulling the strings. Seems like propaganda still runs strong today.

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    Comment number 166.

    The research doesn't show the real level of corruption. As a man living in Bulgaria I've been facing corruption almost every day. For example if go to a hospital and you need a surgery, most of the doctors will ask you to give them extra money or whatever you have in order to perform the surgery. If you refuse to give something there's a chance not to get the necessary attention.

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    Comment number 165.

    @158. Sixp
    "Indeed, I too will be returning for my 12th visit (Corfu this year). A truly stunning country, I would recommend it to all."

    Absolutely agree, first went to Greece in 1989, discovered the people and the culture, barely missed a year since. Halkidiki is my favourite.

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    Comment number 164.

    I wonder if the Director General of the Greek national broadcaster gets 450,000 pa?

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    Comment number 163.

    I have a Greek business colleague in construction who worked on EU funded projects - a road and a prison. He paid his employees and their tax but is owed 250,000 Euros by the govt. The projects were vetted and funded by the EU so where has the money gone. Neither have been completed. I doubt any of the EU bailout funds will help Greek people.

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    Comment number 162.

    Perception = reality.

    Whether people are right or wrong to believe this is irrelevant. The fact that they do is all that counts as it stops theme doing business with that country.

    It is no coincidence that the most corrupt countries are also the poorest.

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    Comment number 161.

    So why do we keeping backing a corrupt regime with EC money?? It looks like good hard earned European money just being used to line the pockets of Greek officials. It's no wonder the top officials can't get the country's house in order. Why should they?The money they are putting in their back pockets would dry up if they suddenly became honest and they would have to work for a living.

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    Comment number 160.

    @138 cyprushound
    Cyprus wasn't always like that. It was fine when I was stationed there at the time of the Invasion. The change came with the fall of communism in 1989, and the Russian Mafia moved in. The bar area in Heroes Square Limassol is now worse than Soho ever was. Check out the shops selling fur coats in the Mediterranean.

 

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