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Corruption in Austria: 9% Pay Bribes

Published: December 10, 2010; 07:00 · (Vindobona)

Austria follows the international trend of growing corruption. 25% are ready to pay bribes worldwide.

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Transparency International, the international anti-corruption authority presented in its report the results of a worldwide survey of over 90,000 people in 86 countries. Overall, 25% of respondents said they have made bribe payments. Austria, with 9%, is relatively less corrupt, but the trend is rising. The worst results were found in African countries. Strongly affected are also regions of the Near and Middle East.

Addressees of bribes in Austria, according to the respondents, are mainly the economy and the political parties. Internationally however, the judiciary and the police are considered more likely.

The level of corruption perceived is also on the rise. 45% of Austrians believe it to have remained stable, 46% suspect a rising trend.

Overall, citizens show high distrust towards their own political system. 80% of EU citizens believe that their country's bureaucracy is corrupt. EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, admitted that the actions undertaken by the EU have brought no convincing results yet. Controls will however be extended: "As of 2012, the 27 EU member countries are  to report regularly how they fight corruption."

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