The chair of Transparency International, Huguette Labelle, speaking at a conference in Berlin last month
Photo: Sebastian Schobbert/Transparency International
Public sector: Luxembourg is viewed as the 11th least corrupt country worldwide and 4th least corrupt in the EU, a new NGO survey has found.
The Grand Duchy is the 11th least corrupt country in the world and fourth least corrupt in the EU, according to a well-known advocacy group. Luxembourg scored 80 out of 100 points in Transparency International’s Corruptions Perceptions Index 2013, which was published on Tuesday.
The organisation polled businesspeople and members of civil society in 177 countries and territories, with a score of 0 indicating the public sector was perceived as “highly corrupt” and 100 signifying it was seen as “very clean” in terms of “abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery”.
Transparency International’s report said: “No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50.”
Worldwide Denmark and New Zealand tied for first place (with a score of 91). Tied in third place were Finland and Sweden (89). Norway and Singapore tied for fifth place (86) and the Netherlands was eighth (83).
Luxembourg ranked just below Australia and Canada, which were tied at ninth place (81), and above Germany (78).
The UK came in 14th (76), Belgium was 15th (75), the US tied with Uruguay as 19th least corrupt globally (73) and Ireland was 21st (72). Chile, France and Saint Lucia tied at number 22 (71).
Greece, tied at number 80 with China (40), had the lowest ranking in the EU.
At the bottom of the global scale were 173rd placed South Sudan (14), 174th ranked Sudan (11), and tied at number 175 Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia (8).
Corruption still major problem in EU
“The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions,” the Berlin-based NGO’s report said.
The European Commission’s “best estimate is that €120 billion are lost each year to corruption in the 27 member states of the EU,” Cecilia Malmström, European home affairs commissioner, said earlier this year during a speech in Sweden. “That is the equivalent of the whole EU budget.”
“In public procurement, studies suggest that up to 20-25% of the public contracts’ value may be lost to corruption,” she said in March.
The advocacy group has published the annual index since 1995, which only measures the perception of corruption and not actual cases of bribery or graft. Luxembourg’s 2013 score of 80 was unchanged from last year’s report.