The anti-corruption systems in Portugal need some repair, especially in the wake of European austerity measures, a new report found.
Portugal’s local affiliate of global-anti-corruption group Transparency International examined 13 institutions that make up the country’s anti-corruption framework, and found gaps between legislation and implementation.
“The results show there’s a big gap between the legal infrastructure that’s in place and the way institutions conduct themselves in practice,” said Luís de Sousa, president of the Portuguese chapter of Transparency International who led the survey, in a statement.
“The legal mechanisms are generally satisfactory, but the authorities’ effectiveness is hindered by the lack of a comprehensive and coherent prevention and enforcement strategy. The urgency of fighting corruption has made its way to the political discourse, but our leaders are not backing their words with action,” he said.