16:50 / 25.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Transparency International publishes corruption report: Croatia stagnating



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Transparency International has published its annual report on the Corruption Perceptions Index, in which the European Union is among the best regions in the world with an average score of 66 points. For the third year in a row, Croatia has stagnated in the number of points on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI), according to the annual report by the world anti-corruption organization.

In the ranking of 180 countries, Croatia is in 63rd place with 47 points. We are still, therefore, among the corrupt countries of the European Union. Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania are worse than us. Thus, Slovenia has 57 points, Croatia 47, Montenegro 46, Northern Macedonia 39, Serbia 38, and Bosnia and Herzegovina 35 points, said the report. The vast majority of states, 131 of them, also stagnated in the fight against corruption last year. 25 countries improved their results and 23 worsened them.

The list is led by Denmark, Finland and New Zealand with 88 points, followed by Norway (85), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Switzerland (84), the Netherlands (82), Luxembourg (81) and Germany (80).

South Sudan is the worst with 11 points, followed by Syria and Somalia (13), Venezuela (14), Yemen, North Korea and Afghanistan (16).

In this year's Index, TI singled out Slovenia, which fell to a historically low number of points, but still has 57 more than Croatia.

The neighboring country has lost 3 points since last year, with TI citing pressure on independent oversight bodies, threats to freedom of assembly and attacks on public media.

TI warns that the coronavirus pandemic has given world authorities an opportunity to disregard transparency measures and stifle protests, which has diminished public confidence in institutions. The European Union, whose members are on the list of those with the least corruption, was not immune either. TI cites the scandal with 'golden passports' in Cyprus, irregularities in contracts with the state in the United Kingdom and the public procurement of masks in Germany, and the misuse of funds to fight covid-19 in the Netherlands.

TI, a Berlin-based organization, cites repression of protests in Belarus, the closure of media and civilian organizations in Nicaragua, violence against protesters in Sudan and the assassination of human rights activists in the Philippines as some of the biggest threats to democracy last year. It warns that checks and balances are under threat not only in countries with systemic corruption and weak institutions, but also in stronger democracies.

Many countries with a good CPI score continue to support transnational corruption, TI adds. The Corruption Perceptions Index was launched in 1995.

Source: HRT

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