On International Anti-Corruption Day Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has urged EU member states including the UK to do much more to tackle bribery and graft. She said:
"I am pleased to say that since I asked parliamentary questions 2 years ago all EU member states have finally ratified the United Nations Convention on Corruption. But there is far from being a comprehensive EU anti-corruption policy."
"But as we know it is not only in the world outside Europe that corruption exists. In both existing Member States as well as candidate countries it is shockingly widespread and pervasive. Greece Bulgaria and Romania are only joint 71st least corrupt country on the Transparency International Index."