The lack of mechanisms to fight corruption in Portugal is not something new, but the Members of Parliament, the Judges and the Attorneys have not been helpful in implementing anti-corruption policies.
The lack of mechanisms to fight corruption in Portugal is not something new, but the Members of Parliament, the Judges and the Attorneys have not been the most efficient professionals in implementing GRECO’s anti-corruption recommendations (Group of States Against Corruption), effectively rendering Portugal the country with less implemented policies in that regard. Judges are accused of not implementing any at all.
According to the last GRECO’s report, Portugal was the country showing the highest proportion of non-implemented recommendations (73%) and was among the nine countries that did not follow the major part of suggestions coming from the organisation – 11 in total.
Only Turkey was ahead of Portugal, counting with 26 non-implemented recommendation in 2018 (70%). Portugal is followed by Greece and Serbia, both counting with 10 non-implemented recommendations.
Regarding partially implemented measures against corruption, Portugal achieved 93%, while Spain, Serbia and Bosnia registered 100%.
The Council of Europe also highlighted fraud prevention and anti-corruption measures that were effectively implemented by judges, attorneys and MPs. In that context, Portugal was pictured as one of the countries that did not adopt any recommendation at all made by GRECO.