2002 October 31 Thursday
Transparency International: New EU Members Corrupt

Transparency International has brought out a new report on the obvious:

The 10 states preparing to join the European Union are run by crooked political elites who, together with unscrupulous businessmen, exploit their nations for self-enrichment, says a leading corruption watchdog.

Bringing these countries into the EU so quickly seems unwise given that the EU is already more corrupt than the United States. But the EU is intent on absorbing these corrupt members in spite of being aware of the problem:

But the fine print told a very different story, cataloguing fraud, crooked judicial systems and failure to get to grips with the 80,000 pages of EU law, the "Acquis Communautaire" across most of Eastern Europe.

Poland, with a greater population than the other nine put together, was singled out for harsh criticism. The report said "corruption remains a cause for serious concern", saying there had been little progress in nurturing "a political, administrative and business culture that can resist corruption".

I previously noticed this problem while reading TI's Global Corruption Report and mentioned it in this earlier post. I haven't yet been able to find this new report on the Transparency International site.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 October 31 07:23 PM  Europe and America


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