SELDI Corruption Monitoring System in SEE: 2016 Results

6eefe3afeaThe charticle represents the corruption pressure and involvement, according to the SELDI/CSD Corruption Monitoring System, 2016.

The key findings of the 2016 SELDI/CSD Corruption Monitoring System showed that:

  • Bribery remains widespread in the Balkans, but the real problem is high-level political corruption and the stalling of the EU accession process;
  • The 2016 SELDI population survey shows that on the average, corruption pressure is 25.9% – hardly a percentage decline since 2014 when the regional mean was 27.1%. Corruption pressure (which represents the share of citizens in a country who report being asked for a bribe by a public officer during the past year) is the main indicator not only for administrative corruption, but for the overall corruption environment in a country;
  • While EU efforts in resolving the corruption challenges in the region have strengthened and improved with time, they remain sub-par in tackling the more entrenched forms of corruption such as state capture. New instruments would be needed to better grasp and target such practices;
  • The business sector remains detached from the anticorruption efforts in the region. The EU and national governments, as well as international stakeholders need to put more efforts in de-monopolising national markets to reduce the scope for state capture and corruption.


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