The anti-corruption report is presented by Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Sveriges Radio.

EU says Sweden should ban anonymous party donations

Sweden needs to increase transparency into political party funding and municipal procurements according to a new anti-corruption report presented today by the European Commission.

Bribes and abuse of executive power cost the EU countless of billions every year according to the European Commission. The anti-corruption report includes recommendations for all 28 member states, including Sweden.

"Corruption costs EU citizens billions every year. Not only could we spend this money better, but corruption also undermines faith in political and democratic institutions," EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström said when she presented the new report.

The recommendations say that Sweden should make details of political donations open to the general public and ban parties from accepting anonymous donations. The report also recommends that Swedish municipalities increase the transparency of their procurement processes in order to lower the risk of bribes, Swedish Radio's EU correspondent reports.

The report ranks Sweden as one of the least corrupt states within the EU, but Cecilia Malmström brings up the bribery scandal in Gothenburg two years ago, when the head of a construction company bribed employees of the municipal housing company Poseidon, as an example of corruption in Sweden.

How the Swedish government responds to the new recommendations remains to be seen.

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