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Corrupt region launches opaque transparency site

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Corrupt region launches opaque transparency site
Regional president Alberto Fabra had claimed the site would be launched with 70 percent available; “pure propaganda” his critics say. Photo: Jose Jordan/AFP
16:38 CEST+02:00
Valencia's regional government, notorious within Spain for its numerous corruption scandals in recent years, has been criticized after it launched a transparency website which has been described as "useless", "incomplete" and "an embarrassment".

The site went live on Monday in an alleged bid to offer ordinary citizens information about contracts, tenders and personal information on local politicians working in a region which has come to be known within Spain as the country’s most corrupt.

Since its launch, Spanish newspapers and politicians have slammed it for not being user-friendly and offering limited information, local daily El Mercantil Valenciano reported.

"It was born opaque," socialist regional deputy Eva Martínez said in a statement.

"(The site) is incomplete, crashes from the very first minute and only offers links to other pages."

She went on to say that the transparency site set up by the region’s ruling Popular Party "is as useless as the party’s policies on corruption".

Regional president Alberto Fabra had claimed the site would be launched with 70 percent available; "pure propaganda" according to left-wing Esquerra Unida politician Ignacio Blanco, who also labelled the site as "an embarrassment" and "with hardly any content".

Once the beacon of Spain’s economic vitality, Valencia has been crippled by years of free spending and the country’s building boom .

This in turn forced into the open the Mediterranean region's corrupt politicians, bankers and building developers who for years had profited from easy money at low interest rates. 


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