Some countries need more transparency, OSCE says
The governments of the OSCE countries are being called on to strengthen their measures to fight against corruption and ensure a greater transparency in their states, an OSCE press release issued today informs.
“Poor governance has the potential to destabilize a state both economically and politically,” said Minister of State John Perry from Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
“Corruption imposes costs on an economy. These are costs which neither states nor citizens should have to pay. Nor indeed, in the current economic climate, can they afford to pay them,” the official added.
Goran Svilanović, the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, said that “anti-corruption initiatives have proven to have a positive impact on a country's prosperity.”
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Michael Camuñez said that good governance isn’t only essential for the exercise of personal freedom or the stability of the state but it is an essential requirement for economic growth, innovation and prosperity.
“There are no corruption-free zones,” said Reinhard Priebe, the Director of Internal Security at the Directorate-General Home Affairs of the European Commission. Mr. Priebe added that the measures of the European Union’s new anti-corruption package “will turn into useful tools in fighting more vigorously corruption within the EU” while they will also “further improve the anti-corruption policies in relation to other countries, in particular with those countries aspiring to join the EU and those in our close neighborhood.”Moldova.ORG