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Business Corruption in Italy

Roman Street at NightCorruption is a major problem in Italy, as shown by recent corruption cases. The integrity of public officials is marred by their relationships with organised crime and businesses, according to the EU Anti-Corruption Report 2014. Public procurement, particularly infrastructure, presents a very high risk of corruption as it involves large resources and exposes companies to organised crime. 

Extortionactive and passive bribery, bribing a foreign public official, fraud and money laundering are criminalised under the Criminal Code of the Italian Republic. The anti-corruption Law (Law 190/2012) broadens the scope and punishment of corruption offences. Italy is a signatory to the OECD Convention but has rejected the exception for facilitation payments, meaning that facilitation payments are prohibited.

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Publication date: October 2014

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