EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem's says "it probably could be much higher." story and report here
I remember sometime previously hearing about some EU states allegedly being corrupted, but to read the actual figures compiled by the EU Commission itself leaves me shocked and astounded. How on earth can these guilty states be allowed to get away with this blatant corruption? TC.
There's a strong chance the thread title could result in misunderstanding. Even if the estimates are true (and the FE's cautions are well worth noting) this is corruption in the countries that make up the EU rather than corruption arising purely from the existence of the EU.
You'd have to make a very dodgy leap from the idea of a Greek driver paying off a policeman to the idea that the UK loses out as a result.
I'm sure that won't stop people from making that dodgy leap.
What I find interesting is the big difference between personal experience of corruption and perception. As the report itself makes clear, of every three people who believe their country has widespread corruption only one claims personal experience.
It's a bit like a recent survey on immigration that found something like 80% of people think it is a problem but less that 30% say it is a problem in their area.
The perception of corruption is not helped by the EEC itself, which creates Laws that one can drive a Coach & Horses through.
Can you blame Italian and Greek farmers for taking advantage of the crazy olive laws, or Ours and the French for similar tactics with other crops. Of course one needs a decent Lawyer but once the scheme has been worked out, all can use it.