Zapatero promises crackdown on civic corruption
8 May 2006, MADRID — The government is to launch a tough new series of measures to eliminate civic corruption in the wake of the recent graft scandal in Marbella.
8 May 2006
MADRID — The government is to launch a tough new series of measures to eliminate civic corruption in the wake of the recent graft scandal in Marbella.
The measures will aim to limit collusion between the private interests of councillors and their public duties.
Councillors will be banned for up to two years from working in a similar field to the one they occupied when they were in office.
The measure already applies to parliamentary deputies.
It aims to stamp out cases like that of Sigfrido Herráez, who moved from being a Madrid city housing councillor to working in a family construction business.
The government also wants to stop party-swapping in councils.
It is sometimes used to change decisions in councils so they benefit interested parties, very often property developers.
The measures are designed to stop the link between political corruption and the property business in Spain.
It will also help José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to stop property speculation - one of his aims - and make housing more affordable for younger people.
At least 25 people including the former mayor and head of urban planning were arrested last month in a EUR 2.4 billion graft scandal in Marbella.
The government took the extraordinary move of disbanding the council and placing it in the hands of a temporary management team.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news