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Italy 69th out of 177 countries for perceived corruption

Outranked in EU only by Bulgaria, Greece

03 December, 19:53
Italy 69th out of 177 countries for perceived corruption (ANSA) - Berlin, December 3 - Italy placed 69th out of 177 countries in this year's Transparency International's rankings of perceived corruption in the public sector released on Tuesday.

The NGO's annual report showed that Italy's perceived corruption index improved just by one point from last year - 43 compared to 42 registered in 2012 - on a scale from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 100.

Italy ranked 72nd last year out of 174 countries surveyed.

Only Bulgaria and Greece fared worst than Italy in the EU, with 77 and 80 points respectively.

Transparency International is a global civil-society organization dedicated to combating corruption.

"The real situation in Italy is better...because of the new laws against corruption," the organisation's Italy section chief Maria Teresa Brassiolo told ANSA.

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