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Parliamentary questions
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30 April 2015
Question for written answer E-007187-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Pablo Iglesias (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Corruption in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Corruption continues to be a major obstacle for the European Union. It is a political issue that costs the European economy around EUR 120 billion per year at least. The Member States have taken some steps to tackle it, but the results are uneven and more should be done to prevent and punish corruption.

EU citizens have expressed the view that corruption should be a priority. The results of a Eurobarometer survey show that three quarters (76%) of Europeans think corruption is widespread and more than half (56%) think the level of corruption in their country has increased over the past three years.

Both Transparency International and European Commission(1) reports highlight the need to tackle the issue of corruption at the EU level. The EU has renewed its commitment to fight corruption throughout its territory. Nevertheless, the new Commission has not yet put forward concrete proposals.

Is the Commission currently studying proposals and mechanisms for fighting corruption at the EU level? If so, what are they?


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