Italy Country Profile

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A Snapshot of Corruption in Italy Umbria And Rome 28 Jan To 4 Feb 2011 197

The Italy country profile provides companies with a detailed analysis of business and corruption in Italy. This profile’s General Information chapter provides an overview of current business corruption conditions across political, business and regulatory sectors, plus a special tax evasion section. Corruption levels detail the level and type of corruption companies may encounter when doing business in Italy. The Initiates Section outlines the public and private efforts, including national and international laws, to curb corruption. Recent positive developments include:  

  • The national anti-corruption authority was granted increased investigative powers, tougher corruption penalties were enacted and expanded whistleblower protections were granted in November 2012.
  • In October 2012, Italy passed new anti-corruption legislation that aims at enhancing public administration transparency.
  • Citizens perceive the police to be reliable and among the least corrupt institutions.

However, the government still faces challenges in curbing business-related corruption, including:

  • Organised crime and corruption, together with low levels of public trust in the Southern Italy, continues to be a problem for business.
  • Extending the scope of the compulsory declaration of assets to include civil servants, not only senior government officials.
  • Increased educational and training activities are needed to improve public awareness of corruption challenges facing Italy.

An extensive description of the levels of corruption within Italy's institutions and sectors are outlined in the profile's Corruption Levels. To counter these challenges the government has set up a strong legal framework to increase transparency within public and private sectors. For a more detailed analysis of the Italian government and civil society achievements in the fight against corruption, visit the Public Anti-Corruption Initiatives and Private Anti-Corruption Initiatives chapters.

Italy Corruption News

Publication date: December 2013

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