Corruption. Portugal has the worst record of the decade

Denmark and New Zealand remain at the top of the Corruption Perceptions Index table.

In 2011, 35 percent of corruption defendants were convicted. A figure that rose to 74 percent in 2020.

In the last ten years, more than 1100 defendants have been constituted on suspicion of corruption, of which more than half are public decision-makers. Mainly linked to local authorities, which accepted gloves or other compensation to favor someone.

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The phenomenon of corruption also extends to other sectors, including sport. Since the beginning of the pandemic, irregularities were detected by Sport Radar in more than a thousand games in 31 different sports.
Sport Radar is a company that monitors the manipulation of results.
Football is the main sport in betting, around 32 to 33 million euros were recorded per game, in the I League alone.

However, Sport Radar ensures that Portuguese football is attractive. And the level of corruption is low compared to other countries.

The document released by the Justice ministry he also reports that, in the number of cases opened in the Judiciary Police for corruption, there was an increase of more than a third. In 2011 just over 340 were opened and in 2020 that number surpassed 500.Initiatives in Lisbon and Caldas da Rainha
The International Day against Corruption is marked with a series of activities by public bodies, in Lisbon and Caldas da Rainha.

The anniversary, instituted in 2003 to celebrate the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, is celebrated this year days after the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, promulgated the Government diploma establishing the general regime for the prevention of corruption. corruption and creates the National Anti-Corruption Mechanism.

The Judiciary Police (PJ) will mark the date with a program that brings together its national director, Luís Neves, the Attorney General of the Republic, Lucília Gago, and the Minister of Justice and Internal Administration, Francisca Van Dunem.

The initiative, taking place in auditorium 1 of the PJ’s headquarters building, in Lisbon, also includes a cycle of presentations and debates with the participation of various experts on the matter.

The Corruption Prevention Council (CPC) is also going to organize a conference, at Escola Secundária Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho, in Lisbon.

Under the motto “Preventing corruption: investing in new generations”, the initiative will feature, at the opening session, José Tavares, president of the Court of Auditors and the Council for the Prevention of Corruption.

This will be followed by a round table with five experts and a presentation on the Council’s educational projects, which will also award the “CPC Science” award.

The commemorations extend beyond Lisbon, with Caldas da Rainha marking the date in a joint organization of the Transparência Internacional Portugal, Frente Cívica, Trade Union Association of Tax and Customs Inspection Professionals and Associação MVC – Movimento Viver o Concelho.

With the support of the Municipality of Caldas da Rainha and as part of the Transparent Festival 2021, which runs until Friday, the program includes the former Attorney General of the Republic Joana Marques Vidal and the diplomat Ana Gomes among the participants.

Throughout the day, several specialists will visit the Cultural and Congress Center of Caldas da Rainha to debate the phenomenon of corruption.National Anti-Corruption Mechanism
When promulgated the diploma establishing the general regime for the prevention of corruption, on Monday, the President of the Republic said he hoped that the National Anti-Corruption Mechanism “constitutes a truly independent, impartial and effective entity, which does not reduce the scope of intervention of the Court. of Accounts and other components of Justice authorities”.

In June, the Government approved the decree-law creating the National Anti-Corruption Mechanism, “an independent administrative entity, with powers of initiative, control and sanction and with attributions in terms of collecting and processing information and organizing programs of activities between entities public and private entities in the fight against corruption”, according to the Ministry of Justice website.

The same decree-law establishes the general regime for the prevention of corruption, “which obliges private companies, public companies and services integrated in the direct and indirect administration of the State, with 50 or more workers, to adopt risk prevention programs, codes of conduct, reporting channels and appropriate training programs to prevent corruption and related offences”.


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