Bureaucracy fuels corruption


Source: Jornal da Globo, 25/10/2007

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Stacks of paper, long corridors to be walked. Bureaucracy is
rooted in public administration.
“In terms of bureaucracy, we live
still medieval times, we have practices and practices that no country in the world
today it is more admissible ”, says Jorge Haje, General Controller of the Union.

For the Comptroller General of the Union, bureaucracy is the fuel of corruption.
“The more difficulties, the easier it is to sell facilities,” explains Haje.

A good example: the leech scandal. Embezzlement of public money, 80
investigated parliamentarians, 140 people denounced by the Public Ministry.

For a municipality to obtain an ambulance, the path can be tortuous. O
mayor needs a deputy, who needs to amend the budget
of the Union. Amendments are often only released after many bargains

“This, in a way, links the parliamentarian to the Government and weakens the
Government surveillance in the execution of the parliamentary amendment ", speaks the deputy
Fernando Gabeira (PV-RJ).

Excessive bureaucracy, according to scholars, arises from the lack of
planning. The executive legislates by issuing provisional measures. The legislative
creates laws that overlap with others that already exist. The result is little rules
that favor illegality and end up clogging the judiciary with

Too many rules also hinder business. Here, it takes 152 days to
opening a company, twice as long as the Latin American average. In the ranking of
best countries to do business with, Brazil ranks 122 out of 178.

“This excess of rules, this excess of bureaucracy is something that encourages
companies to go to illegality, to informality, to evasion ”, says
André Franco Montoro Filho, president of the ETCO Institute.

Reducing bureaucracy, increasing transparency and combating impunity are the
solutions pointed out by specialists at a seminar on corruption in Brasília.
They cite as a good example, the quick service to citizens. In
Brasília, in less than 20 minutes, it is possible to take documents and pay bills and
overdue taxes.

“The elimination of corruption is a cultural, philosophical process. I believe it is
a step in which the country is moving slowly ”, concludes Luiz França, director
of the Citizen Attendance Service - DF.