Business Corruption in Cyprus
Although Cyprus is generally free from corruption, high-profile corruption cases in recent years have highlighted the presence of corruption risk in the Cypriot banking sector, public procurement and land administration sector. The close relationship between bankers, businesses and politicians have resulted in the economic crisis that the country recently faced, contributing to corruption in other areas (e.g., bias in the awarding of public tenders). Businesses may encounter demands for irregular payments, but the government has established a strong legal framework to combat corruption. Bribery, facilitation payments and giving or receiving gifts are criminal offences under Cypriot law. The government has a strong anti-corruption framework and has developed effective e-governance systems (the Point of Single Contact and the e-Government Gateway project) to assist businesses. Investors should take into consideration the political situation of the country, which divides the island into two parts: one controlled by the Cypriot government and the other under the administration of Turkish Cypriots.
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