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MEDIA ADVISORY: Corruption in Portugal: What needs fixing

Report launch: 7 May 2012 at 14.30 CET

Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica, the Portuguese affiliate of anti-corruption organisation Transparency International, in association with the Portuguese think thank INTELI and the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), will publish a report on 7 May evaluating the effectiveness of Portugal’s structures for preventing and combating corruption. The report highlights the biggest hurdles the country faces in the fight against corruption and details a number of clear and practical recommendations to improve the way institutions tackle this problem.

A recent European Commission survey found that corruption is a serious concern for people in Portugal: almost all Portuguese respondents (97 per cent) think that corruption is a major problem in their country and two out of three people say that it is only getting worse. The current round of austerity measures being implemented as a result of Portugal’s bailout by the European Union and the IMF has only exacerbated social tensions and anxieties relating to endemic corruption and graft in the country.

The National Integrity System Survey takes an in-depth look at thirteen institutions and sectors that contribute to Portugal’s anti-corruption framework: anti-corruption agencies, business, civil society, courts, electoral management body, government, media, the ombudsman, parliament, political parties, public administration, the public prosecutor’s office and criminal investigation bodies, and the supreme audit court.

Monday 7 May 2012, 14:30 – 18:00
Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon
Av. Prof. Aníbal de Bettencourt 9, Lisbon


  • Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, former Portuguese Minister for Justice
  • António Costa Pinto, Political Scientist, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon
  • Eduardo Dâmaso, Assistant Editor, Daily Correio da Manhã
  • Gualter Crisóstomo, INTELI Sérgio Filipe, Siemens Portugal
  • José Pacheco Pereira, Historian and political commentator
  • José Mouraz Lopes, President of the Board, Union of Portuguese Judges
  • Jorge Vala, Director, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon
  • Luís de Sousa, Lead Researcher and President of the Board, TIAC Valentina Rigamonti, Regional Coordinator, Transparency International

Experts will be available for interviews during the event. Interviews may be conducted in Portuguese and English.

Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica is the national chapter of the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption and promoting transparency.

Note to editors: The National Integrity System assessment has been carried out between April 2011 and March 2012, within the framework of the European National Integrity System Project, which is being implemented in 25 European countries. The project has been implemented with the support of European Commission.

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