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    تاریخ انتشار : 15 بهمن 1392 18:42
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    Corruption costing EU billions: report

    Corruption costs EU member states approximately €120 billion each year, according to the European Commission (EC) EU Anti-Corruption Report released Monday.

    The first-ever EC report on the subject details the nature of corruption in each member state as well as the impact corruption has on the European economy. In a press conference on Monday, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom stated that four out of 10 European companies consider corruption an obstacle for doing business within the EU, a troubling figure during a time of economic and financial crisis. She went on to say that while the level of corruption varies between member states and that many states have already begun placing more focus on addressing this issue, there is still no "corruption free" zone in Europe and more needs to be done to eradicate it.

    While this is the first report that the EC has published on corruption within its member states, it is not the first time the EU has addressed the issue. In January the EC released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report on Romania, warning the nation  to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. In 2011 Croatian officials were put under serious pressure to tackle the issue of corruption within their country in order to gain accession  to the EU. In 2010 the EC released reports  stating that Bulgaria and Romania must do more to combat corruption and organized crime and conduct judicial reforms in order to enjoy their full rights as members of the EU. In 2009 a council for the EU said that Turkey needed to do more in terms of judicial reform, protection of citizens' rights and various other efforts in order to further their request to be granted accession.

     

    © JURIST


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