The Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER) presented the 2021 results of SELDI’s Corruption Monitoring System (CMS) for Albania, at an online workshop held on 29 July 2021. The event was organized in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM), and also reflected on the key trends of IDM’s “Trust in Governance” survey.
The workshop gathered actors from the civil society, state institutions and academia. According to the CMS data, an increase of 12.2% is observed in the corruption pressure, compared to the 2019 levels. Most of the respondents (60%) report that they do not tolerate corruption. Still, an alarmingly large share – 53%, state that they would take a bribe if they were in the role of a public servant. A particular concern raises the fact that people’s trust in the government’s capacity and will to tackle the problem is fading.
With the setup of new institutions emerging from the justice reform, expectations have increased that the investigation and punishment of high-level corruption will begin. However, according to the participants, reforming the justice system alone would not be enough to achieve sustainable results in the fight against corruption, and a deeper reform of the public administration is needed.