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Tue, 04 Feb, 2014 03:21:40 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 4
EU flag infront of EU commission in Brussels. Photo AFP-Lehtikuva.
The European Commission, upon the release of the European Anti-Corruption Report, has urged Finland to increase transparency in securing public contracts and procurement within the local levels of government.
The inaugural report also wants the country to ensure more clarity on the issue of election campaign finances.
In general, the EU report reiterated Finland's position as one of the top performers regarding anti-corruption.
Day-to-day graft activities such as giving and receiving bribes are rare in Finland compared to other countries, according to the report.
The report also found that bribery was frequent in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Greece.
Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician and European commissioner for home affairs, however warned better performing countries against resting on their laurels upon the release of the report, urging all the countries to do more.
The EU report looked into corruption from different dimensions but did not rank countries in terms of merit.
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