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No let-up in fight against corruption

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The fight against corruption is being stepped up in several European countries. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Monday that corrupt politicians should be barred from re-election.

At a public meeting in Glenties Prime Minister Kenny announced that the government was preparing new legislation excluding convicted MPs, ministers and civil servants from seeking office again. Politicians "convicted of corruption (...) could be subject of a court order to forfeit their office and to be excluded from seeking office again for up to 10 years", Enda Kenny was quoted as saying by website Breakingnews.ie.

Meanwhile, recent EU member states Romania and Bulgaria will remain under scrutiny from Brussels while they tackle weaknesses in their judicial systems, as well as corruption and organised crime.

Last week, political manoeuvering in Romania aimed at sidetracking the elected president led to harsh criticism from EU Commission chair, José Manuel Barroso. "Events in Romania have shaken our trust. Challenging judicial decisions, undermining the constitutional court, overturning established procedures and removing key checks and balances have called into question the government's commitment to respect the rule of law. Party political strife cannot justify overriding core democratic principles," Barroso, head of the EU's executive committee, said. Earlier this month President Herman van Rompuy of the European Union said he was "deeply concerned" about developments in Romania.

Clean government is a prerequisite for belonging to the European Union.

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