Kosovo remains the most corrupted country in the region

Kosovo remains the most corrupted country in the region

Pristina, December 3, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Transparency International has published today the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014. Kosovo has seen a slight improvement with 33 points, moving down from the 111st place to the 110th place.

More than two thirds of the 175 countries which are part of this ranking, have less than 50 points. Zero points are given for the countries with the highest corruption while 100 points to the cleanest countries.

This year, Kosovo has been given 33 points, moving from the 111st place to the 110th place. Albania is also on the 110th place, which a year ago was 116th.

Presenting the Corruption Perceptions Index, Artan Canhasi from the Kosovo Democratic Institute said that Kosovo has not seen any progress or regress.

“Based on the corruption perception index, Kosovo has not seen any progress in the fight against corruption. Kosovo has once again been given 33 points, the same as last year. This means that there are no changes and no progress, in spite of what’s been said that Kosovo has done progress in this aspect”, declared Canhasi in a press conference.

KDI says that the reasons that led to this failure to make progress relate to the violation of the law on public procurement, lack of transparency for political parties and secret contributions.

“When we talked about the lack of progress in the fight against corruption, KDI believes that the reasons relate to three main aspects. The first one relates to violations of the law on public procurement. There are many violations of public procurement in Kosovo. Then we have the lack of transparency by political parties. Then we have secret contributions. We have this triangle where public officials accept illegal funds from businesses in order for them to be elected and then, they reward these businesses”. /ibna/