In crisis-torn Greece, gov’t corruption is surprisingly Falling
According to one 2013 study supported by the EU Commission, the level of corruption in the public and private sectors is falling in Greece. This is amid the continuing struggle the country is experiencing with the financial crisis.
The study revealed that corruption fell by 15.1% in 2013 compared to 2012. It noted that the instances of corruption had been falling since 2010. The amount of bribes also fell in 2013: €389m in bribes were paid out last year, a decrease of €86m from 2012.
The findings said that 29.6% of respondents refused to pay bribes. Greater awareness on the negative effects of corruption and refusal to further worsen the household economy were cited as their reasons.
Levels of bribe in the public sector remained the same while the private sector showed a slight decrease. Corruption in the public sector was prevalent in: healthcare, tax and urban planning offices. In the private sector, corruption was most widespread in: healthcare, legal services, construction and automobiles.
Corruption was highest in the districts of Attica, Peloponnesus and Epirus and the victims were in average men aged 45-54 who have finished a high degree in education and who are employers or self-employed.