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Corruption in Spain Reaches New Heights

The degree of international perception of corruption in Spain has worsened again for the second consecutive year

The perception of corruption in Spain has increased again, according to the annual report by Transparency International, which measures government practices.

With a score of 60 out of 100, Spain ranks 35th among the 180 countries in the world ranking and 14th among the 27 EU member states, two points below Portugal and Lithuania.

Transparency International’s report, published on Tuesday, January 31st, warns that a decline for the second consecutive year is a “clear sign of risk and danger.” The report also states that Spain faces a number of factors that affect the functioning of democratic institutions, increasing the “risk of corruption.”

The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks Report 2022’ has also affected Spain’s score in categories such as irregular payments in public services, exports and imports, and judicial decisions in corruption cases.

The report points out that despite Spain having a Code of Conduct for the Cortes Generales, more than half of parliamentarians do not publish their institutional agendas, and the meetings they hold lack transparency.

The president of Transparency International Spain, Silvina Bacigalupo, attributes the decline in the corruption ranking to the delays in implementing necessary legal reforms. She calls on Parliament to act quickly in preventing corruption and promoting transparency and accountability.

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