GRECO: Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Finland
On 27 March 2018, GRECO published its fifth round evaluation report on Finland. The country generally scores highly in perception surveys on the fight against corruption, and the risk of actual bribery is considered to be low. That said, recent scandals, such as a major corruption scheme in the Helsinki Police raised the question as to whether trust, the most prominent Finnish anti-corruption instrument, is in itself a sufficiently effective tool. The report encourages the police to strengthen its internal control processes and the Border Guard to review its integrity policy. Additionally, the country needs to develop an overarching protection system for whistle-blowers.
At the government level, there is a need to establish clear standards of conduct for ministers and senior government officials and to increase their awareness concerning specific integrity challenges, especially given the privatization processes underway. Ultimately, GRECO encourages political consensus to be reached on the anti-corruption strategy of the country for the period 2017-2021.