EC Releases 1st Anti-Corruption Report

Bulgaria in EU | February 3, 2014, Monday // 10:26|  views

The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels, file photo

The European Commission is going to present Monday its first ever anti-corruption report.

According to EC, corruption continues to be one of the biggest challenges in the European Union, costing the EU economy around EUR 120 B per year.

Despite the legal and policy initiatives undertaken so far by the Member States, the results of anti-corruption efforts across the EU remain rather unsatisfactory overall, EC says in a press release.

The report describes the situation in each Member State: what is in place, what are the outstanding issues, what policies are working, what could be improved and how.

It shows that the nature and scope of corruption varies from one Member State to another and that the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies can be quite different.

EC explains that the EU anti-corruption report covers all 28 EU Member States and includes: a horizontal chapter summarizing the main findings and describing corruption-related trends across the EU; a thematic chapter focusing on public procurement and covering corruption and anti-corruption measures within national systems of public procurement; country chapters providing a snapshot of the general situation regarding corruption, identifying issues that require further attention, and highlighting good practices which might be inspiring for others.

The report also contains the results of two Eurobarometer surveys on the perception of corruption amongst European citizens on the one hand and companies on the other hand.

I will be presented at a press conference with Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom at 12:30 pm.

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