By Marija Avramovic – Zagreb
Croatia is at 61th place out of 174 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2014, Transparency International announced today.
In this year’s ranking Croatia won 48 points (out of a maximum 100), which is identical to the last year’s result, but is by two points higher than two years ago.
With such result Croatia shares 61st place with Ghana in the survey which included one country less than in 2013.
When it comes to the regional division, Croatia is classified within the EU countries and Western Europe and is less corrupt only from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania.
Looking at the neighboring countries, Slovenia is 39th in the world (58 points), Hungary 47th (54 points), and more corrupt are Montenegro, which is 76th (45 points), Serbia 78th (41 points) and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is eighth with 39 points.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the research that creates a ranking list of countries according to the assessment of the extent of corruption in them, the extent to which is perceived that public authorities are corrupt.
CPI of the certain state indicates what is the level of perception of corruption in the public sector on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the country which is perceived to be highly corrupt, while the one evaluated with 100 is perceived as a country cleansed of corruption.
According to the report, corruption has increased in a number of the fastest growing economies in the world, since the growth encouraged the abuse of power.
China, Turkey and Angola are among the most corrupt according to the index, despite having recorded an average economic growth of more than 4% over the last four years, while Denmark is at the top of the index with 92 out of a possible 100 points.
North Korea and Somalia share the last place with eight points each.
One of the founders of Transparency International Croatia, Zorislav Antun Petrovic, said that this year’s results show that Croatia has not managed to move forward, which shows that it is not enough just to improve the regulations, but they must be applied as well.