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November 24, 2017

7th December 2017, Brussels - SUPPORTING SMEs AGAINST CORRUPTION

You are invited to celebrate with us the INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY 2017 during this morning event, organised by the partners of ACTS, an anti-corruption project co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, with the Belgian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.  

Corruption Perception INDEX 2016

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The 25th January 2017 the NGO Transparency International published its annual Corruption Perception INDEX. The main outcome for 2016 is that over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in the index fall below the midpoint of the scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption especially in a country's public sector. 

This year’s results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth.

The lower-ranked countries (Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea) of the index are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary.

Higher-ranked countries (Denmark, New Zealand, Finland) tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems. Nevertheless, the higher-ranked countries are not immune to closed-door deals, conflicts of interest, illicit finance, and patchy law enforcement that can distort public policy and exacerbate corruption at home and abroad.

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