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Sweden sinking in anti-corruption league

Published tisdag 26 oktober 2010 kl 08.54
Claes Sandgren is head of the branch of Transparency International in Sweden

Updated 18:30

Over the past two years Sweden has sunk from first to fourth place in the ranking of the world's least corrupt countries. The organisation Transparency International, which every year measures the degree of corruption in the public sector and in politics, proposes more resources to the Prosecution Authority's anti-corruption unit and increased transparency when it comes to the funding of political parties.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask told Swedish Radio news on Tuesday that her department is looking into creating an anti-corruption unit also at the police, which would mirror the current unit at the prosecution authorities.

But when it comes to banning secret donations to political parties, Ask has earlier defended the Government position that no such change is necessary. She told Swedish Radion news that "People must be allowed in a free country to support different parties and organisations without revealing how they vote".

This year, Sweden scored 9,2 points out of Transparency International's 10 points in the anti-corruption index. This report was finished before the large-scale corruption case in Gothenburg's city finances became known.

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