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Malmström touts corruption crackdown

Clara Guibourg · 6 Jun 2011, 15:49

Published: 06 Jun 2011 15:49 GMT+02:00

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Four out of five EU citizens consider corruption to be a problem in their country.

Malmström on Monday tabled a number of suggestions to combat the growing problem of corruption within the EU, reports national radio station Sveriges Radio.

"The percentage of money that disappears, through bribes and corruption, within the EU is as high as the entire common EU budget - in other words, one percent of EU's total BNP," a concerned Malmström said to Sveriges Radio.

The commissioner suggests developing a new system for monitoring and judging how well EU member countries work against corruption, pointing out that with today's system, many European leaders have no interest in fighting bribery.

One of her suggestions is that the union implement "naming and shaming" - pointing out EU members who are not behaving well enough.

"Making a 'naming and shaming' list alone won't make much difference," Malmström points out. "But enforcing it with concrete consequences can make it a useful tool."

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Malmström will be presenting a new EU bill later this year, about freezing assets that have been acquired through corruption.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

17:15 June 6, 2011 by Great Scott
How long has it taken this politian to work out that there is corruption in the EU?

This is someone who should know well about what's going on, as it is happening in her own back yard.
18:48 June 6, 2011 by Ranger
There should be a Swedish corruption website where the dishonest businesses, dishonest politicians, corrupt judges and corrupt court employees can be listed and identified. It would be a good starting point from where to begin prosecution of these criminals who are hurting honest and decent people and degrading society.
20:12 June 6, 2011 by Nemesis
This would be funny if it was not so serious.

Malmström should start in her own country, Sweden.

The housing situation in Stockholm, is just a hint of the corruption that is under the surface in Sweden.
09:14 June 7, 2011 by occassional
Not to mention the waste of this gravy train. Expensive pointless conferences, twinning agreements,projects that never take off, travel to to far flung destinations to discuss trivial matters,etc etc.
10:50 June 7, 2011 by star10
With the current information technology, I would say every government office should make information about its purchases (and other payments) accessible online (gradually to be extended to include copies of reciepts and other documents showing discription of the payments).
11:05 June 7, 2011 by johnny1939
OH Star that would be crooked too. But it is a good thought.
12:02 June 7, 2011 by Mr G
That'd be a trillion kroner then....
12:28 June 7, 2011 by karex
Periodic Audits with results published on the web.
15:45 June 10, 2011 by Ranger
It's a no brainer; parents and schools should start by instilling a sense of morality into their children. And very good idea to expose corruption wherever it exists.
02:53 June 14, 2011 by gomertate
Sweden will continue to be a backwards THIRD WORLD COUNTRY until such time that the phony corrupt Kangaroo Courts are replaced by Real Courts based on Common Law and Real Judges who are honest to preside over the matters of justice and equality.
04:30 June 15, 2011 by Ranger
What is the Name and Shame address?
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