One in four EU citizens would bribe a public official: poll – POLITICO

One in four EU citizens think it is sometimes acceptable to bribe a public official to speed up urgent administrative matters, according to a survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency released on Wednesday.

Almost half of Europeans under the age of 30 are considering bribing an OK public official, according to the survey, although there are large differences between countries regarding the degree to which corruption is deemed acceptable.

While more than half of those polled in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Croatia – and 48% in France – would consider resorting to bribery when dealing with public officials, only one in five or less think so. Sweden, Malta, Finland and Portugal.

Regarding human rights, the poll found that in 11 of the 27 EU members, at least 50 percent of those polled “agree or strongly agree” that human rights violations human rights are not really an issue in their country, thinking rather that it is something happening elsewhere.

Meanwhile, nine in ten respondents said human rights are important for creating a fairer society in their country, ranging from 76 percent in Hungary to 96 percent in Malta, and two-thirds said that human rights have meaning in their daily life.

At the same time, more than two-thirds also said that some were taking advantage of human rights unfairly, and one-third agreed that “the only people who benefit from human rights are those who do not deserve them,” like criminals and terrorists. “

The latter view is more common among older people: 38% of people over 65 agreed with this statement, compared to 27% of people aged 16 to 29.

The survey was carried out in 29 countries – the 27 EU Member States, the United Kingdom and North Macedonia – between January and October 2019, interviewing between 1,000 and 3,000 respondents per country.

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