Bulgaria improves slightly in Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index

Bulgaria improves slightly in Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index

Sofia, December 3, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

Bulgarians see a slight improvement against corruption in the public sector in the past year, going by Transparency International’s annual corruption perceptions index – but the country still ranks less than midway on the global scale.

Bulgaria scored 43 on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), Transparency International said on December 3 2014. In 2013 and 2012, its score was 41.

The country ranked 69th out of 175 countries in the 2014 index, but shared that spot with two neighbours, Greece and Romania, and four other countries – Brazil, Italy, Senegal and Swaziland.

As to other countries in the region, Serbia was worse at 78th place, while Macedonia and Turkey were higher, both at 64th place.

The “cleanest” country globally was Denmark, with a score of 92 out of 100, while North Korea and Somalia tied for worst place.

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), Transparency International said.

The Corruption Perceptions Index scores in many of the countries of the European Union remain unchanged or have improved slightly.

In part, this is because the economic situation has stabilised, at least at present, and in some cases, governments are starting to tackle endemic corruption, TI said.