Korrupsjonen er blitt en så inngrodd del av det greske samfunnet at den er vanskelig å få bukt med. Den truer den økonomiske vekst som er nødvendig hvis Hellas skal komme seg ut av krisen, sier Transparency.

Hellas ligger etter land som Saudi-Araiba, Tunisia, Cuba og Kina på rankingslisten over ærlige/korrupte land. Kun Bulgaria ligger lenger ned av de europeiske.

The anti-graft watchdog Transparency International says corruption in Greece remains widespread and poses a serious threat to the country’s hopes of financial recovery, as daily Athens News writes. In a report released on Wednesday, the Greek branch of the organisation said little improvement has been made despite plans to reform the country’s public sector. «Greek people live in a state of ‘corrupt legality’ meaning that the law often condones or even fosters corrupt practices,» it said. «Corruption is endemic: not limited to any party or social class, nor to the public sector.» The report said Greece had many laws in place to fight corruption but they were not being enforced. On the other hand, laws that allow buildings built illegally to be approved later, and allow «special» accounts at ministries where transparency rules do not apply effectively condoned corruption, it said. The report urged Greece to improve rules on disclosing the accounts of political parties, put in place stronger rules to make private companies more transparent and merge existing anti-corruption agencies into a single body. «The report finds that overall the Greek anti-corruption system has a number of fundamental flaws, the most significant of which is a crisis of values, typified by broad scale acceptance of and participation in corruption, even though it is condemned,» the report said.

Greece was ranked 80th out of 183 countries in the group’s 2011 corruption perceptions index, below countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Cuba. Only Bulgaria ranked lower in the European Union and Western Europe section. (ANSAmed).