CROATIA GOING BACKWARDS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION BY TWO POINTS - WITH 49 POINTS IT IS NOW AGAIN BEING COUNTED AS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES

Croatia is ranked 55th amongst 176 countries with 49 points in the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Croatia has gone down two points compared to last year.

According to Transparency International's CPI, the most transparent countries in 2016 are Denmark with 90 points, New Zealand with 89 and Finland with 88 points. The most corrupt countries are South Sudan with 11 and Somalia with only 10 points.

Croatia is amongst the most corrupt countries in the European Union, and worse than Croatia are Hungary and Romania with 48 point, Italy with 47 points, Greece with 44 points and Bugaria with 41 points.   

In relation to countries in the region, the most improved countries are Kosovo and Albania by 3 points, Serbia by 2 and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia by 1 point. Croatia fell by 2 points and Macedonia even fell by 5 points. Slovenia now has 61 points, Croatia 49, Montenegro 45, Serbia 42, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania 39, Macedonia 37 and Kosovo 36 points.  

‘The Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 shows that Croatia has regressed in the fight against corruption by two points and that it is again amongst the most corrupt countries. Transparency International’s explanation is that corruption on the global level has increased because of inequality and increased populism.  

Transparency International Croatia believes that corruption is not and must not be tied to ideology and that it is only the result of pure greed which is neither left or right on the political spectrum. This is the only objective criteria on which any research on the perception of corruption in institutions of particular countries can be based.  

The explanation by Transparency International which is a domestic German NGO, for the increase in corruption in particular countries, is not based on these principles.

Croatia must rely only on its own resources and political will in its fight against corruption in order to ensure transparency in its political institutions and encourage citizen activism by daily advocating positive social values such as trust and especially honesty.” said Davorka Budimir, President, Transparency International Croatia.

 

Media contact: mediji@transparency.hr  Tel:  091 91 21 229

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