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Corruption increased in the past year in CEE, study

COVID-19 pandemic is worsening matters, Transparency said

16 June, 13:48
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 16 - More than 50% of Slovenians, 48% of Bulgarians, 45% of Romanians and 41% of citizens of Croatia think corruption increased in the previous twelve months, according to the new Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer, released on Tuesday. At EU level, where the average percentage is 32%, only Cyprus (65%) had a bigger share of people stating that corruption increased in 2020, the study shows. On the opposite side of the scale, Finland (16%), Estonia (18%) and Slovakia (19%).

"The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening matters. In some countries, politicians use the crisis as an excuse to undermine democracy, while others see it as a chance to make a profit," the study reads. "Whether it's perceptions of government corruption and impunity for wrongdoing, or the use of personal connections when accessing public services, the results challenge the EU's image as a place of integrity," Transparency International said.


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