On 30 August 2016 the SELDI initiative and the USAID Anti-Corruption Program, implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC), presented in Skopje the latest 2016 Corruption Assessment Report in Macedonia.
Ms Emina Nuredinoska, one of the authors stated that: “Perceptions on corruption remain unchanged compared to 2014, while the corruption pressure levels and victimization have deteriorated. Corruption pressure by public officials and involvement by citizens register an increase, and resistance to corruption is negligible – 30.5% of the citizens have been asked for a bribe, and 29.2% gave one.
The number of persons convicted for giving or receiving a bribe is trivial, especially when compared with data from previous years. Reporting corruption is a non-existent practice among citizens. A total of 83.5% of the citizens have not reported a corruption case to an institution in charge of complaints.
Judges, ministers and MPs are perceived to be the most corrupt.” Ms Emina Nuredinoska added that issue of concern and focus of the future counter-measures should be the extended tolerance or acceptance of corruption by young people aged between 18 to 29 years.
Mr Ruslan Stefanov, SELDI Coordinator and Director of the Economic Program at the Center for Study of Democracy, Bulgaria presented the findings from the SELDI Regional Anti-corruption Report 2016. The best ranked is Croatia, where 12% of the citizens were asked for a bribe, and 9% gave one. Macedonia is ranked at the bottom, one place before the last country on the list – Albania.
The national report is prepared as a part of the USAID Anti-Corruption Program, implemented by the MCIC, together with the partners from Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis – Skopje (IDSCS), Transparency Macedonia, and the Association for Democratic Initiatives – Gostivar (ADI).