Spain winning fight against corruption

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20 October 2004, MADRID - Spain is among the countries which has done the most to reduce corruption, according to a report released Wednesday.

20 October 2004

MADRID - Spain is among the countries which has done the most to reduce corruption, according to a report released Wednesday.

The anti-corruption monitoring group International Transparency said Spain's rating in terms of fighting corruption had risen from 4.35 to 7.1 in the past ten years.

The group, which released its report in Madrid Wednesday, ranks countries from one to ten.

"Corruption is at its lowest. Financing of political parties and housing continue to be susceptible," said Manuel Villoria, professor of public ethics.

This is the first year that Spain has shown such a marked rise in the group's ratings because of the lack of major national scandals.

Villoria said this was in contrast to a series of scandals in 1994 and 1995 which led to the fall of the previous Socialist government.

Villoria added: "Today is more difficult to be corrupt because public tolerance is lower."

Spain's Anti-Corruption Attorney had made a series of investigations and exposed scandals which have had a major effect on reducing society's tolerance of corruption, said Villoria.

Spain stood at number 22 in the world rankings against corruption, according to the group.

Most Latin-American countries were low on the scale, rating below 5. The worst was Paraguay, which was given 1.9.

The Spanish lawyer Antonio Garrigues, who heads the group, said clarity in public affairs was the best antidote to corruption.

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