Interactive: Corruption in the EU

The European Commission describes corruption across 28 member bloc as ‘breathtaking’ in the first report of its kind.

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A European Union study found “breathtaking” levels of corruption across the 28-country bloc, costing the region at least 120bn euros ($162bn) a year. The study included a survey of public perception of corruption, which found that more than three-quarters of Europeans agree that corruption is widespread in their home

Nearly two-thirds of the businesses surveyed said using political connections or paying under the table were necessary in order to succeed or to access certain public services. Greece, Croatia and Romania see especially high levels of bribery, according to the report, while Denmark, Sweden and Finland remain the region’s best performers.

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– Al Jazeera