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EDITORIAL – The Price Of Corruption

Yesterday in Brussels, Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s (EU) commissioner for home affairs, issued the EU’s first report on the 27-member community. The findings would have disturbed the EU.

While the perception is not uniform across the member states and there is a wide gap between personal knowledge of corruption and perception of the problem, 76 per cent of EU citizens say that corruption is prevalent in their country. A similar number (73 per cent) feel that bribery and the use of connections are the easiest ways to access public services, while just over a quarter (26 per cent) are of the view that the consequences of corruption affect them personally.