By contrast, Transparency International said Denmark, Norway and Sweden were best protected against corruption, with strong watchdogs, auditors, justice systems and law enforcement agencies. But it said that even some of the countries presumed to be «integrity leaders» have left themselves open to possible corruption. Sweden and Switzerland have no mandatory regulation of the financing of political parties, the report said. It added that the party financing systems in Denmark, Germany and the U.K. were «far from exemplary."
The group also called on the European Union to set an example by adopting strict rules for its own institutions. Transparency International said it assessed more than 300 national institutions in 25 European countries, and concluded that many governments were not sufficiently accountable for public contracts, which it said were worth €1.8 trillion ($2.24 trillion) a year. It said only two of the countries assessed — Norway and the U.K. — adequately protected whistleblowers who spoke out against wrongdoing. And there were other «corruption risks,» the group said. Twelve countries in all had no limits on political donations by individuals and 17 lacked codes of conduct for members of parliament, the report said. In 20 of the 25 countries, the group found barriers to people who want access to public information.
[The Associated Press] - Ekathimerini.com