Albania leads region with highest perception of corruption

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 26, 2020 12:46

Albania leads region with highest perception of corruption

TIRANA, June 26 - Albania has regressed as regards the perception of corruption, and now leads the corruption rankings in all nine sectors within the region.

According to the Regional Cooperation Council's latest Balkan Barometer report, the perception of corruption marked a significant increase in Albania as regards all nine main sectors in 2019 compared to 2018.

The report notes that Albania has the lowest trust in the institutions as 90 percent of respondents believe that politics and the justice system are corrupt. Compared to the rest of the WB region, this percentage is slightly higher.

Furthermore, 80 percent of Albanians think that customs are corrupt while 77 percent of them think that the health system is corrupt. Based on the survey results, the least corrupt in the region are the army, religious services, and non-governmental organizations.

Almost half of the population have exchanged bribes for services when seeking medical treatment. According to the report, some 8 percent of all the region's respondents admit to bribing police officers while a further 5 perent report making informal payments, or giving gifts, to individuals working in the judiciary. However, with the exception of the top 3 ranked sectors, the prevalence of corruptive practices across other areas reviewed seems to have decreased.

A fifth of the population there report bribing individuals working in the judiciary while 16 percent have paid bribes or given gifts to police in the course of 2019. Nevertheless, there is one notable positive example where the prevalence of bribes in the area of utilities dropped significantly (from 13 percent in 2018 to 8 percent in 2019).

According to the report, success in the public sector continues to be linked primarily to personal connections over hard work, an opinion that holds across each of the six individual economies. The region's population is generally unhappy with the performance of their governments whether in making official information user-friendly and transparent or combating corruption; some 71 percent of all respondents feel that their governments' track record in battling corruption is poor, up by ten points since the 2018 edition of the Barometer.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 26, 2020 12:46