Portugal said to be 5th most corrupt

in News · 06-02-2020 09:43:00 · 11 Comments

A study conducted by Ernst & Young, details of which were published by Sol newspaper, has placed Portugal as the fifth most corrupt country in the world.

According to Sol, 3,800 people were interviewed in 38 countries in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Portugal was placed only behind Croatia, Kenya, Slovenia and Serbia on the list of most corrupt nations.

In the study, more than 80 percent of those surveyed said bribes were a generalised practice in Portugal


FUN FACT: Portugal is the poorest country in Europe and there is violence at the Soups for the Poor for their 1 meal per day for 75% of the population.


Also, youth don't work in Portugal because there are NO jobs. And, thanks to Covid the unemployment in Portugal now has skyrocketed to 66% and since the country is comprised mostly of small business, they are virtually all but gone out of business! Compliments of the economic recession we just entered this past week.

It is no small wonder why everybody is leaving portu-hell and going to the third world of Angola or Mozambique where they can live a better life.

By Movimento Popular Nacionalista from Alentejo on 01-01-2021 10:50

Hello, there is a cabal of portuguese who are perpetrators of FAKE NEWS on a Global scale. This person(s) have been dubbed with the acronym of Mr. Multicuentas. They are very active on youtube (amongst other media) spreading a variety of false news such as Olivenza does not belong to Spain (when in Fact it does belong to Spain). Also, Everything is Beautiful in portugal: lots of jobs, healthy economy, No corruption etc., etc. when the opposite is actually a fact! Portugal is now experiencing it's greatest economic catastrophe in it's young autocratic history. In fact, portugal is not a democracy as many think it is; it's a demonic masonic cabal that has sunk the country into oblivion. This cold and harsh fact is not a joke, not a game, not a disrespect to my country but a FACT! And, the sooner this FAKE everything in portugal is wonderful fallacy ends, the sooner we can ALL start repairing our grossly damaged country and non-existent economy that now presents us all with a jobless future for us and our children. The enemy is masonry and the sooner every portuguese citizen opens their eyes to the fact, the sooner we can change the impossible situation we find ourselves in. Thank you for your time, and God bless you all.

By Jose Goncalves from Açores on 30-11-2020 05:55

Corruption is reportedly widespread in Portugal’s public procurement sector too. Companies perceive favoritism in decisions of government officials and diversion of public funds to be common (GCR 2017-2018). A significant majority of companies believe that corruption is common among both national and regional authorities (Source: European Commission, Feb. 2014). Procedural irregularities that lead to abuses in the awarding of public tenders are a recurring problem for the municipalities, and represent a potential risk to private companies (EUACR 2014). For instance, more than one-third of Portuguese companies refrained from taking part in tenders due to the perceived tailor-made criteria, while almost half report that corruption prevented them from winning a tender or contract (European Commission, Feb. 2014). Around one-third complained of impossible deadlines, collusive bidding and of deals being agreed upon beforehand, while more than two-thirds reported conflicts of interest in the evaluation of bids, and abuse of emergency grounds to get around competitive procedures (European Commission, Feb. 2014, EUACR 2014). Weak monitoring systems prevent officials from identifying conflicts of interest and favoritism in tender decisions (EUACR 2014). Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are widely used by the government to launch public contracts for the building of hospitals, water systems and road construction (EUACR 2014). Weaknesses are demonstrated by insufficient transparency in tender procedures, shortcomings in project evaluations, and unclear reasoning behind award decisions (EUACR 2014). To mitigate this scenario, the government has strengthened the Court of Auditors’ auditing powers and capacity to perform ante and post control of public contracts (EUACR 2014). The defense sector is also highly vulnerable to procurement fraud (Source: GDACI 2015). An investigation into fraud in the provision of food to Air Force mess halls is underway (HRR 2016). The case, dubbed as “Operation Zeus” is said to have cost the state as much as EUR 10 million over inflated food prices (Portugal Resident, Jul. 2017). Sixteen people were arrested in the case, including high ranked Air Force officers and a major general (Portugal Resident, Jul. 2017). Companies are recommended to implement special due diligence procedures to counter the likelihood of encountering corruption in Portugal’s procurement process.

In respect to Portuguese courts, the inefficiency of the Portuguese legal system - including the appeal courts - is well known to practitioners and investors alike. According to the statistics made available by the Department for Justice Policies (source: DGPJ), the number of appeals that are finalised each year in Portugal’s appeal courts has slightly risen from 33,930 in 2013 to 35,776 in 2016. The figures for 2017 are not yet available, however, the number of cases that have entered the system has increased from 33,634 in 2013 to 36,661 in 2016. In other words, the efficiency improvements are seen as weak and are outweighed by the increasing demand, fuelled by years of economic stagnation within Portugal. Although practitioners, politicians and investors agree that the inefficiency of the court system impairs investment and growth, it seems unlikely that the reforms and investment needed to turn the situation around are close at hand, which has led to the increase in alternative means of dispute resolution, such as arbitration. According to the 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard, the average time for a first-instance court to rule on a commercial or civil case in Portugal is just over 700 days. This means that it is common to see cases in first-instance courts drag on for three to four years, or even more. This is because of inefficiency of the system as a whole as well as a high number of pending cases. According to the Scoreboard, Portugal is among EU countries with the highest score in the number of pending civil and commercial cases, with 12 cases per 100 inhabitants, against just two in France and six in Italy.

By PJ from Porto on 19-07-2020 11:00

Very misleading and fake news. Surprising was NEWS online thought it fit to publish it. That says something of what one can trust from NEWS online to trust.

By Jose Fernandes from Lisbon on 07-07-2020 04:37

Portugal may not be the 5th most corrupt country in the world but its well up there. From national to local government corruption is endemic. It's not what you know it's who you know.
Want to get some work done to your property but it might not be within regulations, simply contact an engineer or legal professional who has the "right contacts" in the local Camara, pay a "fee" and everyone turns a blind eye, and that's the way it works at all levels of government.

By Brian from Other on 11-02-2020 02:02

Someone has no idea about statistics. Absolute rubbish. Not a numerically large enough sample size to be statistically accurate.

By Olwen from Algarve on 07-02-2020 08:20

Oh , come on...
There's another country where it's fine for the prime minister to have affairs with American women and give them 'gifts' at the taxpayers expense. Not to mention the dodgy Brexit money, funnelling of laundered cash to its overseas territories, planning decisions seeping with bribes, a media that is essentially state propaganda, and large scale contracts given to politician's friends of friends. Small scale bribery is better than the kind of imbedded, high level kind you get in UK.

By Justin from Lisbon on 07-02-2020 03:12

That's a structural and cultural problem created and fed by successive socialist governments now controlled by Antonio Costa! His and governments are imune to change and he continues to be elected by a section of the population who apparently agrees with his performance and practice what they see. A major example is the Socrates' case! Meanwhile, the fraudster continues to enjoy his freedom and nobody touches him! Poor are most of the people who don't participate in the extended and deep corruption!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 07-02-2020 12:51

Corrupt company says Portugal is corrupt? Just Google "Ernst and Young corruption charges" and see what comes up. Fraud, bribery, bullying and so on and so on.

By Elle Fyre from Other on 06-02-2020 11:10

This article is below respectable journalistic standards. There is no reference to the study itself. Depending on how the tiny countries are counted, there are about 180 countries in the world - yet only 38 were surveyed, with none from the Western Hemisphere or Asia. Moreover, 3800 responses from 38 countries may or may not be statistically significant. Nothing stated even remotely justifies the conclusion that Portugal is the 5th worst country for corruption. This is fake news, headline-grabbing nonsense.

By TJ from Algarve on 06-02-2020 08:03

Something wrong here - Only 38 countries, only 100 people, and conclude Portugal is 5th most corrupt in the world - someone has some issues !!
More accurate and much more reliable information at these links



Someone should apologise !!

By Phil from Alentejo on 06-02-2020 07:00
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