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Less corruption in Greece, study finds

The levels of corruption in Greece's public and private sectors went down in 2013 according to a report carried out by Transparency International Greece. The survey showed that the number of cases reporting corruption was down by 15 percent last year compared to 2012.

The study found that state hospitals, tax offices and city planning departments remained the principal venues in cases of corruption.

The report also noted that 30 percent of respondents refused to deliver under-the-table payments, knows as “fakelaki”, suggested to them in both the private and the public sectors.

The public’s changing attitudes toward corruption was due to the ongoing recession and the state’s efforts in curtailing the phenomenon, according to Transparency International Greece head Costas Bakouris and Public Issue chief Yiannis Mavris, both of whom unveiled the report on Thursday.

The survey also noted that for the first time the non-issuing of invoices was considered an act corruption by members of the public.

Overall, the public sector accounted for 70 percent of reported incidents of corruption.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 3, 2014 (16:45)  
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