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Published on December 20th, 2017 | by Elpida Tsiaka

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International Anti-Corruption Day: Corruption remains a concern for EU citizens and companies

Ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “Corruption is an affront to the very foundations of our political, economic and social values and to the well-being of our societies. It is no surprise that corruption continues to be a major concern for a large number of citizens and businesses across the EU. Corruption is unacceptable. It harms the EU as a whole by choking off investment, undermining trust in governments and enabling organised crime. If we want to boost business confidence, improve the investment climate, spend public money more efficiently and increase our economic, social and territorial cohesion, we must step up efforts to fight corruption more effectively. We need to fight it together and we will continue to engage with all Member States to prevent and eradicate corruption and protect our citizens.”

The European Commission has released two new Eurobarometer surveys looking at citizens’ and businesses’ attitudes to and experiences of corruption. The results show that, whilst corruption is generally considered less widespread than in previous surveys, 68% (-8%) of Europeans still believe that corruption is widespread in their country and 37% (-8%) of companies cite corruption as a problem for doing business.

Since 2015, the Commission has presented several measures to step up the fight against corruption, including new rules to protect the EU’s financial interests against fraud and corruption by strengthening administrative and criminal procedures, and establishing a European Public Prosecutor’s Office. New legislation has been initiated to ensure the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders, criminalise money laundering, extend cash controls and strengthen legislation on anti-money laundering.

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