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31 March 2012. Italy lacks effective safeguards against corruption, the global anti-corruption organization Transparency International said Friday. Lorenzo Segato, director of the Research Centre on Security and Crime, which carried out the study for Transparency International, said Italy fell short on many counts, with questionable institutional integrity, weak regulations, biased news media and a social code that condones certain illegalities. Officials say corruption costs Italy about $80 billion a year. The organization called for Italy to set up an independent anti-corruption agency.