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Major global report states Italy is one of Europe's most corrupt countries

A major global report by Transparency International states that Italy is one of Europe's most corrupt countries. Corruption costs Italy €60 billion, four percent of its GDP according to the Italian Court of Auditors, but things have improved since last year.

 

The report included 174 countries and Italy came 61st together with Senegal, Montenegro and South Africa, but things became better in the last year as Italy climbed up in the ranking by eight places.

 

The report by Transparency International presented the Corruption Perception Index of 2015, that is the index which measures how much businessmen and experts in the field believe that in their country the public sector is corrupted.    As already said, the ranking puts Italy at the 61st position in the world with a score of 44 out of 100. The world's average is 43.

Transparency International says that below 50 points there is a "serious problem of corruption", therefore the whole world is at risk: two out of three countries have a score below that limit. In the G20 group, 53% of the member countries have a score under 50 together with all the Brics countries. As a consequence to pay the price are over 6 billion people living in countries with "serious corruption problems".

In Central Europe and Asia the average of the area is 54 points out of 100, ten above the level of Italy. Looking at the European Union alone, the gap increases: 65 points is the average of the EU. 

 
The level of corruption in Italy, the third largest economy in Europe, is far ahead of all its northern European neighbours.

 

The least corrupt country is Denmark while the UK and Germany share the 10th position with a score of 81.

 

Southern European countries like Spain and Greece did better than Italy and are classified in 58th position.

 

As it emerged from the report many Italian people consider nepotism, bribery, fraud and all other abuses of power for private gain the main Italian problem, and only 19 percent of Italians think government measures to combat corruption are effective.

 

The very slow legal system in Italy has been speeded up, in May last year, by passing new anti-corruption laws. A more severe policy has been adopted for shirkers in the public sector.

 

Transparency International has requested that Italy should create a public registry of lobbyists, controlled by an independent commission. Parliament is currently passing new laws, which will offer more protection to whistle-blowers in the private and public sector.

 

 

Giulia Lombardo

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