Transparency International said that Serbia moved one position down in the corruption watchdog’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) survey for 2016, ranking 72nd.
Serbia achieved a score of 42 in the 2016 survey, versus 40 in 2015, where 0 equals the highest level of perceived corruption and 100 indicates the lowest one, Transparency International said.
The organisation calculated the CPI 2016 of Serbia using seven different data sources that capture perceptions of business people and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector within the past two years.
Serbia received its highest score of 57 from Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index. The lowest score, of 32, was given by World Justice Project Rule of Law Index and PRS International Country Risk Guide each.
In its report on fighting corruption in the Western Balkans and Turkey, issued in November, Transparency International said the institutional overlap in combating and preventing corruption is the main reason behind the weak justice and law enforcement in Serbia. The organisation recommended quicker progress in the strengthening of the role of the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency.
On the other hand, Transparency International highlighted the significant improvement regarding the transparency of political parties’ financial information over the last five years in Serbia as a result of compliance with the new legal provisions, in force since 2012.
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