Corruption Perception Index 2017: corruption in EU on the rise again – what the EU could do more

Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index 2017

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2017

On 21.02.2018, Transparency International published their Corruption Perception Index 2017. Corruption in at least some EU member states is on the rise again. Viktor Orban’s Hungary falls 10 points to 45 (since 2012, on a scale from 0 “highly corrupt” to 100 “very clean”). Also, Kaczyński’s Poland (60) worsens by 3 points since 2015. Bulgaria (43) governed by Bojko Borissow (Christian-Democrat) remains poorest performer of all EU countries. Similarly, Romania (48) under gov of Viorica Dăncilă or more realistically Liviu Dragnea, Italy (50) and Malta (56), all governed by Social-Democrats remain far behind the top clean countries such as Denmark (88) and Finland (85).

This is what the EU, in particular responsible Commission First Vice-President Timmermans, could do more:

  • Commission could publish the promised 2nd anti-corruption report to Name and shame those member states who have weak laws or weak implementation of anti-corruption rules.
  • Commission says instead they use the European semester to give country-specific recommendations, yet they should cover all countries, not just very few and should be specific, not extremely general.
  • Commission could use the public black list for companies using corruption on EU procurement as a model case for what member states should do. Yet implementation seems to be weak.

To the Corruption Perception Index 2017: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2017

Greens/EFA study on corruption in Bulgaria from 24.01.2018: https://www.greens-efa.eu/files/doc/docs/852acfcd65130687487ad862d93eebf5.pdf

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