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bribery ring

Anti-corruption code in the works

Published tisdag 19 oktober 2010 kl 13.22
Could being treated for lunch be considered as taking a bribe?

As more and more local public officials in Sweden are suspected of taking bribes, the nation's local governments are calling for more clear guidelines on how public employees should act.

A task force has now been appointed to draw up an anti-corruption code, which would spell out what is allowed and what is not.

Germund Persson, general counsel for the Swedish Authority of Local Authorities and Regions, explained to SR International that the laws against bribery are not very detailed and don't provide a lot of guidance for individuals when it comes to deciding whether to accept certain offers, like rebates, dinners, and other activities. It is likely, he says, that officials often get proposals coming in disguise and that they may not be aware of an ulterior motive.

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