Corruption seen as less widespread in the EU than in 2013, survey shows

Still, for more than half of the European companies it is still a main concern

Photo: EPA Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansso

Today, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the Commission released a survey on European businesses' attitudes towards corruption in the EU. The results show a downward trend, but with a significant number (63%) of businesses of the opinion that corruption is widespread, nevertheless down from 75% in 2013.

According to the survey, quoted by the Commission's press service, companies are most sceptical about how corruption is tackled, with 51% of them believing that corrupt people or businesses are unlikely to be caught by or reported to the police or prosecutors.

“Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, the very foundations of our European societies. Over time, its influence deepens inequalities and undermines social cohesion. We have made important progress as a Union over the years, but more remains to be done," Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, commented on the report.

"We will continue to work with national authorities,international organisations, civil society and the private sector to eradicate corruption,” she added.

The European Union has advanced in the fight against corruption with new rules on the protection of whistle-blowers, anti-money laundering and law enforcement access to financial information, and on the protection of the Union's financial interests, as well as with the creation of the European Public Prosecutor's Office. The fight against corruption will also be a key element of the new Rule of Law review cycle.

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