About half of the population in Southeast Europe perceives corruption as the second biggest issue of the society for the period 2001 – 2016. In Croatia, the local and national government, the Parliament and the courts are perceived as most corrupt in 2016. However an increasingly worrying trend shows that more than a third of the citizens in Croatia feel that the majority of the representatives of non-governmental organisations and journalists are also corrupt. These were among the key conclusions from the SELDI Corruption Monitoring System which the SELDI partner from Croatia, Partnership for Social Development, presented at a conference at the premises of the European Commission Representation Office. The hosts underlined that the share of citizens who were involved in corrupt practices is somewhat lower than in 2014, while corruption pressure has increased. This means that Croatian citizens, although under corruption pressure, are not always ready to respond to the demand and give a bribe.
Mirella Rašić, team leader for Political Reporting and Analysis at the European Commission Representation in Croatia, Maja Baričević, Head of Sector for Anti-corruption at the Ministry of Justice and Munir Podumljak, Executive Director of the Partnership for Social Development discussed the corruption trends as direct inversion on the values of the social order, resulting in the weakening of the public’s trust in state institutions.