Perception of corruption on the rise in Portugal

in News · 18-12-2010 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

An overwhelming majority of Portuguese think that corruption had increased in their country during the past three years, according to a study conducted by Transparency International.

The group’s Global Corruption Barometer released this month, showed 83% of Portuguese consider corruption has risen at home since 2007 in contrast to an average of 73% of respondents in the other 24 European countries studied.
The government measures to fight corruption are also not seen in a good light by the public as 75% of Portuguese surveyed said they are insufficient.
Political parties were the institution viewed as most corrupt in Portugal, followed by parliament, the private sector, the judicial system, police and the media.
This study, published on the International Day to Combat Corruption was responded to by more than 91,000 people in 86 countries.
“This worsening of people’s perception of corruption in Portugal, is in part due to corruption scandals involving politicians and business people from the financial sector being more widely exposed in the media,” said Luís de Sousa, President of Transparência e Integridade (TIAC), which is Portugal’s link to Transparency International in Portugal.
According to the study, three percent of those surveyed said that they had paid a bribe in the last 12 months. This is not a very high value compared to other richer European countries such as Switzerland, the UK, Norway, Holland, Germany, Finland and Denmark, with Mr. Sousa believing that in Portugal “nepotism” is the most common form of corruption over bribery.
On the other hand, more and more people in Portugal think that the government’s fight against corruption is ineffective, increasing from 64% of those surveyed in 2007 to 75% in 2010. According to Transparency International, the increased feeling of corruption in Portugal and it being inefficiently tackled were the cause of the country having its position lowered on the Corruption Perception Index (IPC).
The Armed Forces, the educational system and priests were those seen as least corrupt in Portugal.


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