'No EU country is corruption free', says top Commission official

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On the sidelines of today's Chatham House conference on global corruption, Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs said, 'There is no country [in the EU] that has zero problems, that can say it is corruption free'.

This follows the release today of the first-ever report on corruption in the EU by the European Commission. The report finds that corruption costs the EU economy €120 billion annually.

Ms Åsenius added: 'We hope that [the member states] will take these reports positively and really engage with us in the future. We are ready to go to the different member states and...work with them'

Regarding the UK, Ms Åsenius commented: 'We singled out that the UK [should] do more to fight corruption, as concerns foreign bribery.'

Also speaking at today's conference was Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, who said:

'Our decisions, our agreements, our treaties and conventions, but most of all, our actions, can reduce the living space for bribery and dishonesty. We can eradicate corruption. But for that we need a collective response, a multilateral effort, and a multidisciplinary programme.'

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