Corruption Barometer: Ukraine has Europe's worst anti-corruption performance, its citizens say

16:57 Nov. 16, 2016

Ukraine has Europe's worst anti-corruption performance, its citizens say

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Transparency International's survey shows Ukraine among those having most severe corruption problems

Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in Europe and its government is doing a poor job to fight it, says a new survey published by Transparency International.

Transparency International spoke to nearly 60,000 citizens in 42 countries in Europe and Central Asia on their experiences with corruption in their daily lives for its new report People and Corruption: Europe and Central Asia.

On average, one in six households paid a bribe when they accessed public services. Although fewer households paid bribes for public services in many EU member states, rates were significantly higher further east.

The highest rates were in Tajikistan (50 per cent), Moldova (42 per cent), Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine (38 per cent), and Russia (34 per cent).

Romania had the highest rate for an EU member state at 29 per cent, followed by Lithuania with 24 per cent.

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Over half the people in European Union countries, EU accession candidate countries and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), mainly former Soviet Union countries said their governments had failed to curb corruption.

The governments of Ukraine (86 per cent), Moldova (84 per cent), Bosnia and Herzegovina (82 per cent), and Spain (80 per cent) were judged worst by their citizens.

A case from Ukraine and its Red Cross Society was given a special attention in the 40-page report.

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Transparency International stressed that a key way for citizens to help stop corruption is to step forward and speak out when they see or experience corruption in their lives.

Governments, particularly in Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia & Herzegovina, where citizens also perceive particularly high levels of corruption among members of parliament, were advised to take decisive action to address corruption risks and communicate their work better to the public.

The survey, which is part of the Global Corruption Barometer 2016 series, comes as Ukraine has completed a key anti-corruption reform obliging tens of thousands of officials, all the way up to the president and prime minister, to declare their wealth in an online database.

The country's anti-corruption agency announced it will conduct a thorough check of the e-declarations, especially of those politicians and officials who had declared cash assets of more than USD 100,000. The lawmakers, judges and prosecutors will come first.

It is currently unknown how long the examination will take, the first criminal proceedings might be launched no earlier than January 2017.

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