EU Anti-Corruption Report 2014 Unveiled

The European Commission just adopted its first EU Anti-Corruption Report. Highlights:

  • 76% of Europeans think that corruption is widespread in their own country.
  • More than half of Europeans (56%) think the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years.

EU’s Anti-Corruption Report asks for:

Pinky and the Brain

  • better accountability and integrity standards;
  • control mechanisms in public authorities;
  • dealing with conflicts of interests by officials;
  • how to address corruption at local level and in state-owned companies;
  • the effectiveness of courts and police, and protection mechanisms for whistleblowers;
  • limiting risks of bribery in foreign countries, and making lobbying more transparent;
  • And – developing innovative e-tools to enhance transparency.

The Report also takes a close look at corruption in public procurement. In this respect, one may argue Romania’s main source of corruption lies in public procurement and so-called public “invite-only” bidding processes.

Speaking of better accountability, Romania has a new Criminal Code effective as of 1 February 2014. First effects: some 400 convicts are ready to be up and about thanks to the new provisions. Some 122 are already out since Saturday which points that convicts are really law-abiding citizens. Lucky us!

This spells accountability.

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About Cristina Popa

Cristina is a WordPress blogger who regularly writes or shares updates on media, public affairs and various topics of interest. You may follow her on Communication for Development WP blog or Twitter @CristinaPopa0
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4 Responses to EU Anti-Corruption Report 2014 Unveiled

  1. Maggie Thom says:

    Pretty scary statistics.

  2. Adrian B says:

    I hope the government has a nice program in place( surveillance ) for the convicts.

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