Key topics covered include:
- Problems encountered when doing business;
- Businesses’ perception of the level of corruption in their town;
- The prevalence of practices leading to corruption;
- Corrupt practices in public tender and public procurement procedures;
- How corruption is investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned.
Ipsos European Public Affairs interviewed a representative sample of businesses, employing one or more persons in six key sectors (energy, mining, oil and gas, chemicals; healthcare and pharmaceutical; engineering and electronics, motor vehicles; construction and building; telecommunications and information technologies; and financial services, banking and investment), in each of the 27 Member States of the EU. Between 4 April and 22 April 2022, 12 790 interviews were conducted.
Key survey findings include:
- More than a third of companies in the EU (34%) say that corruption is a problem when doing business.
- An important majority of companies agree that in their country close links between business and politics leads to corruption (79%).
- 70% of businesses declare favouritism and corruption hamper business competition.