Eerste Europese anti-corruptierapport gepubliceerd
Michael van Woerden, 4 februari 2014 11:12
De officiële samenvatting van de landenparagraaf over Nederland uit het European Anti-Corruption Report luidt als volgt:
"The Netherlands' integrated approach to prevent and detect corruption could serve as a model elsewhere in the EU. However, political parties have only recently agreed new rules on the transparency of financing, and evidence that foreign bribery is tackled adequately is lacking. In today's report, the European Commission suggests that the categories of assets of elected officials that must be declared are extended. The Commission is also suggesting that the Netherlands should focus their efforts on prosecuting cases of corruption in international business transactions, by increasing the capacity to proactively investigate foreign bribery.".
Het geschetste beeld voor de EU als geheel is zorgwekkend: "Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe - a phenomenon that costs the European economy around 120 billion euros per year. EU member countries have taken many initiatives in recent years, but the results are uneven and more should be done to prevent and punish corruption.
Europeans are deeply worried about corruption - Eurobarometer survey results show that three quarters (76%) of Europeans think that corruption is widespread and more than half (56%) think that the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years.".
Naast positieve woorden over Nederland in het Europese Anti-Corruptie Rapport ('De Nederlandse geïntegreerde aanpak ter vermijding en opsporing van corruptie kan dienen als voorbeeld')is er ook kritiek. Bijv. tav bestrijding internationale corruptie.