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Anti Corruption Delays in Portugal

According to the Council of Europe anti-corruption monitoring body report of 2018, Portugal is one of the slowest EU countries in adopting anti-corruption regulations within the judiciary service.  Records show that Portugal received the most significant amount (73%) of unprompted recommendations from the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), followed by Turkey (70%), Serbia (59%), Romania (44%), Belgium (42%), Greece (40%) and Croatia (39%).

According to the report, which examines the level of implementation of recommendations to prevent corruption, Turkey heads the list with a total number of 26 non-implemented measures, followed by  Portugal (11), Greece (10), Serbia (10), Belgium (eight) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (eight). With Azerbaijan and Romania at (seven) and Cyprus (six).

Portugal also appears in the group of four countries with the highest percentage of measures partially implemented or not implemented alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Spain (100%), Portugal (93% ), Belgium (89%), Turkey (89%), Cyprus (88%), Denmark (83%), Lithuania (77%) and Greece (76%).

The mainland is also among 16 countries – along with Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey – which have not yet fully implemented a single GRECO Public ministry reform and has failed to fully execute any anti-corruption measures relating to Portugal’s judges.

GRECO is based in Strasbourg and carries out anti-corruption monitoring both within the European Union and worldwide.  Since its creation in 1999, it now formally observes and monitors 49 member states.

Samantha Gannon

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