World Bulletin/News Desk
Corruption in Turkey may be far from trivial, but it scores higher marks in transparency than 11 EU members, according to a report on corruption released on Tuesday.
The report, titled 'Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Fraud Survey 2013,' by the US-based financial consulting group Ernst & Young ranked Turkey the ninth least corrupt out of 36 countries -- including 20 EU member states -- in a survey of business leaders of 3,459 firms in those countries.
Fifty-five percent of Turkish business leaders surveyed said they had either offered bribes to win contracts or deliberately lied about their firm's performance. This percentage was far lower than in Greece and Slovakia, where 84 percent of businesses said they regularly paid bribes or fudged records. The figure was 73 percent in the Czech Republic, 72 percent in Portugal, 70 percent in Hungary and 65 percent in Spain.
The survey revealed a staggering 94 percent of firms in Slovenia reported some form of illegal activity in regular business activities. The number was higher than Kenya, where the figure was 94 percent.
The EU's core three economies fared far better, with 27 percent of French firms admitting to corruption, 30 percent of German firms and 37 percent of UK firms. Finland and Sweden, meanwhile, saw just 12 percent of companies allude to illegal activities.
David L. Stulb, chief of fraud investigations at Ernst and Young, voiced concern over the high percentage figures for eastern and southern European states in his preface to the report. "Our survey shows that to find growth and improved performance in this environment, an alarming number appear to be comfortable with … unethical conduct,” he stated.
In a global study of corruption carried out by Ernst and Young with Transparency International last year, Turkey scored 54th out of 176 countries surveyed.
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