As a former official in Denmark, the Netherlands, UK and New Zealand, I find that I have encountered the least corruption in NL.Can of course be coincidence. Maybe I just worked for a relatively non-corrupt Dutch ministry.
But I can imagine why the corruption perception is higher in the Netherlands than in Denmark and NZ. In The Netherlands, there is a tolerance policy which does not consistently enforce all laws.That gives an impression of randomness, and sometimes you may wonder if the reason that your neighbor got his residence permit more easily than you, is because he paid for it. That is almost certainly not so, but the realization that it is so I can imagine.
I think that the bribery is very disappointing, but what I have often seen is that government bodies have a cloud of questionable consultancy firms around them.Those write, against payment, research reports in which exactly state what the principal (the government organ) wants. For instance, an appearance of objectivity is granted to official arbitrariness.
It depends on how and what you measure.
Compared to other countries, it is a part of it.
According to Transparency International, we are, together with Austria, Iceland, Luxembourg, Canada and Australia, in the post-best category, after countries such as morals, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland and New Zealand.But we do it again a bit better than the rest of Western Europe and the rest of the world is hobbles back there with lows in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Other lists give a slightly different order, but everywhere you can see the same countries in the top ten of the least corrupt countries, and the Netherlands still belongs to it.This is how corruption is in the world and in the Netherlands
Incidentally, we have been gradually dropping on those lists for years and we have dropped out of the top three.
An interesting overview of the recent past with a few high-profile corruption and fraud issues, such as the Construction fraud Bank and other cartels, Prince Bernhard and Nina Brink, can be found here:
In this article by Bart de Koning in Follow The Money (FTM) is one of the notable findings that:
International organisations, such as the OECD, have been complaining for years about the fact that the Netherlands is doing virtually nothing against tax avoidance and fraud.
Yes, there are many and long-term integrity problems, such as corruption, fraud and tax avoidance in the Netherlands, but
no, compared to the rest of the world, our thieving and cheating rascals are still in the minority.
Corruption, in the sense of kickbacks, is very little.
Other cases of corruption, in which one enriches itself by turning, curling or conceit, are common.You can speak of fraud here.
Henry Keizer, a former headpiece of the VVD, has swirled millions in his own pocket.In a way, good entrepreneurship, because it is a matter of creating a wealth, how you do it is of lesser importance.
Tax evasion is also likely to occur on a large scale, while on the one hand we are tapping into the view and white-washed again.A poorly functioning tax administration is also working in the hand.
Every company can withdraw income from the view.Especially small businesses and self-employed professionals will be able to do this well.
Is this corruption?We probably do not think so, and that is the proof of our corruption. You are only corrupt if you find it normal.
There is also a lot of corruption within the brokerage firm.People who mainly deliver services to themselves rather than to others. For instance, the sale of a house can go through a Stroman, where the house is sold twice. One time inexpensive and the second time expensive. The profit for the broker and the Kornuiten.
Internationally operating companies will give percentages to intermediaries, possibly through a detour, so that it is not easy to find out who gets paid for services provided.
Some civil servants who give construction assignments can often generate additional income for themselves.This can be widespread.
The so-called building scandal, whereby the large construction companies mutually divided the work with the help of a shadow accounting is also a known case of corruption.Of course, such cartel agreements are still being made and are difficult to prove.
With tricks and cleverings, you can earn more money than by reducing costs.It’s about the profit margin, black or white, not to cost.
Also at the police and customs, you can sometimes significantly improve your financial situation.By sharing your knowledge with narcotics traders and carriers you can go a little further away on holiday, or just that little bit more for women and children, so that you can live like a truly decent human being, rather than being a poor sloeber trapped in the mortgage .
Within the civil service, millions can also be spent on meetings and research, with nothing coming from the hands.So the higher educated themselves to a Inkonen help.
In the medical world, by declaring well, you can get considerably more money, than you would if you just honestly declare your transactions.
In the care, childcare and also the assistance are even more money streams, where everyone wants to be in the joke.By filling in forms or not, you can influence your own income. Not everyone is equally shy, but a good estimate seems to me that one in five Dutch people is corrupt, and at least one in fifty very corrupt. One 漏 in five hundred people would then enrich themselves excessively.
Yes, there is a lot of corruption, but that is what level.The corruption in the Netherlands is at the highest level, the level of the government. There are people in the room who openly have quite a lot of jobs (besides being a member of the Chamber). These people who get money from companies and the companies are hoping that they can kopen芒 鈧?艙votes. I appeal to you on a piece of comedian Arjan Lubach.
This is quite a good word.
The Netherlands has been in the top 10 of the least corrupt countries for years.It is therefore relatively with it.
No.It is very rare that in the Netherlands you can only get something for each other by having to do something 芒 鈧?艙extra芒 鈧?
The public perception is different.There are quite a few scandals that people can hale and it is in the popular nature not to involve things in themselves. Average Dutchman will always say to an agent 芒 鈧?艙ah Joh? 芒 鈧?and hope that the offence does not go away…
As long as drugs are under a antiprohibitionist regime, in Belgium and also in the Netherlands, police officers, customs, civil servants, dockworkers, etc will work in the illegal infrastructure built for the illegal product.
There will still be other reasons for corruption, but the illegal drugs already provide a large and wide system.
What do we compare with?I live in a country where the third consecutive president has already been arrested for widespread corruption. The Netherlands does not yet have these figures. But I do have the impression that it is quite serious.