The report is prepared as a part of the regional effort by the SELDI network to analyze corruption in South East Europe. The main goal of the report is to provide the analysis of corruption phenomenon in Serbia and government anti-corruption policies over the last years. The idea was to assess the dynamics of corruption as well as anti-corruption efforts but also to assess the effectiveness of implemented measures. Since this research is a part of the regional research effort, it will provide an input into the regional report which would allow detailed cross country comparisons.
Also, this report represents the continuation of corruption research by CLDS, as CLDS has published several corruption related studies over the last 15 years, starting from Corruption in Serbia (2001), Corruption at the Customs (2002), Corruption in Judiciary (2004) and Corruption in Serbia: Five Years Later (2007).
The research has found that the corruption is still a widespread and dangerous phenomenon in Serbia. It is widely perceived as one of the most important problems by the general public and experts, but has also become one of the key political issues in the country. The current government owes, to a large extent, its significant majority in the Parliament to it’s perceived anti-corruption credentials. However, improving legal framework and implementing anti-corruption laws are still painstakingly slow processes.