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Report launch: How corrupt is Europe?

Brussels/Berlin, 21 May 2012 – One year ago the European Commission unveiled its anti-corruption policy, but that hasn’t stopped corruption scandals from erupting across Europe. Past leaders are on trial in France and Italy, have resigned in Germany and governments have fallen in Latvia, Slovakia, and Romania.

To look behind the scandals and public anger, Transparency International will publish an assessment of the causes of corruption in 25 European countries on 6 June.

The first study of its kind in Europe, Transparency International’s report covers more than 300 national institutions, including political parties, parliaments, judiciaries and private sectors.

It contains new information on the countries most vulnerable to corruption, the institutions most and least effective in preventing corruption, and how corruption risks can be addressed.

Report launch:

Wednesday 6 June, 2012
09.00 – 09.30 CET

European Parliament, PHS building, room: P1CO51
Brussels, Belgium


Dennis de Jong, Member of the European Parliament
Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director, Transparency International
Stefano Manservisi, Director-General, DG Home Affairs

followed by a roundtable discussion with
Transparency International national experts and activists working on the ground in
Greece, Hungary, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

All speakers will be available for interviews immediately after the press conference and after the roundtable discussion.

Press packs will be available at on the launch day 6 June, 2012 in English and French.


Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.

Download the full launch programme here.

For any press enquiries please contact

Jana Mittermaier

Head of Liaison Office to the EU
+ 32 (0) 2 23 58 621
[email protected]

Thomas Coombes

Senior Communications Officer
+49 (0)30 343820 666
[email protected]