Bulgaria Still at EU Bottom in TI 2013 Corruption Ranking

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Bulgaria Remains at EU Bottom in TI 2013 Corruption Ranking: Bulgaria Still at EU Bottom in TI 2013 Corruption Ranking In 2013, Bularia remains second behind Greece, which is the most corrupt among the EU Member States, according to Transparency International's CPI. File photo

Bulgaria has been ranked again at the EU bottom in Transparency International's newly published Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2013.

However, for the second year in a row, Bulgaria is not the most corrupt among the EU Member States, according to the Berlin-based body, which has ranked the country 77th out of a total of 177 with 41 points.

This is the level from 2012. Senegal and Tunisia are also 77th.

Greece with 40 points is 80th and the most corrupt in the EU, but is has moved up from last year's 36 points and 94th spot.

Bulgaria is the second most corrupt and Romania is ahead of Bulgaria with its 43 points and 69th spot (66th in 2012).

Bulgaria is behind countries like Bhutan, Puerto Rico, Brunei, Cape Verde, Dominica, Costa Rica, Oman, Cuba, Ghana, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The report explicitly notes that any score below 50 points is problematic.

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory's score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 - 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index.

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 offers a warning that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.

"More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

"The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations," says Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, Denmark and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 91. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia this year make up the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.

One of the main conclusions of the report is that the poorer a country, the higher and most wide-spread corruption is.

Syria, which is shaken by civil war, Libya and Mali, involved in strong military conflicts in recent years, are among the countries that have made the greatest setback from their previous position, showing that corruption is also and often accompanied by the breakup of a State.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on experts' opinions of public sector corruption. Countries' scores can be helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behavior of those in public positions, while a lack of accountability across the public sector coupled with ineffective public institutions hurts these perceptions.

"2013 results show that corruption within the public sector remains one of the world's biggest challenges," Transparency International said, "particularly in areas such as political parties, police, and justice systems. Public institutions need to be more open about their work and officials must be more transparent in their decision-making. Corruption remains notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute."

"Future efforts to respond to climate change, economic crisis and extreme poverty will face a massive roadblock in the shape of corruption," Transparency International warns.

Since 2012, TI uses an approach that provides greater clarity on how the index is constructed, making it easier to trace how the data from the sources are rescaled for inclusion in the Index. The updated method also means that a country's Corruption Perceptions Index score will better capture changes in perceptions of corruption in the public sector of that country over time.

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sa-sha - 4 Dec 2013 // 13:38:46

"CIA-Typhoon-Philippines", "Americans were recording..." =the paroxism of crazy fancies. The author is free, sure, to share them with his madhouse mates ;-)........ I'd remark also, btw, that I would award "Grand Prix" for the corruption today just to my Russia. But my text was about Transparency International and its real Masters. DIXI.
As for: "Yesterday it was the that the US..is behind the Ukraine uprising"---not to this poor thing and not to his madhouse mates, but to those who are ready to use their brain: it's about Big Game/Big Plan, it's about Permanent Goal of USA leaders: World Dominance (they make no disguise of it, btw).........And "Eastern Partnership" is nothing else but the part of that Big Plan. The core of "Eastern Partnership": replacing USSR- Russia' influence/dominance by the complete USA/EU dominance. To understand it means to understand all the rest, including the current events in/around Ukraine:
- training camps of "volunteers-fighters" in the western regions of Ukraine;
- hundreds of foreign NGO in Ukraine, which finance "oppositionists";
- "what and how to do" instructions given to the leaders of "opposition" right in USA' embassy, isn't that nice!?
- tremendous USA/EU pressure on Ukrainian authorities ("Do sign Association Agreement!"), accompanied by the equally tremendous and well co-ordinated World media' chants about...about "Russian pressure", sure;
- total silence of the above media (and Ukrainian ones, alas) about the Content of Association Agreement and-
- consequently - the Ukrainian people' total ignorance about the above AA' content;
So, please, spit the notorious chewing gum "Democracy-Freedom to Ukraine" out of Your mouths, Sirs. The agenda-the real agenda - is: World Dominance. This is not the agenda of Ukraine, this is not the agenda of
Ukrainian people. And despite the hysterical "Freedom to Ukraine" yelping of Western politicians (especially Polish and Lithuanian ones, the most "true mongrels" of USA in Europe), the truth is simple: this story IS NOT about Democracy for Ukraine.

Optimistic - 3 Dec 2013 // 23:15:59

Stop complaining and take practical steps.

Who do I need to pay to move us up the table?

Intelligence - 3 Dec 2013 // 20:08:15

"Founded in 1993 (formally in Germany), it is DE FACTO one of the USA' political instruments, which works under- first of all- the CIA' control"

I think anyone with even a first grade education can realise that New Zealand or Sweden or Denmark are less corrupt than Russia or Ukraine or Bulgaria. That's why people have 10 x the income, live 15 years or more and come out as the happiest on earth in all happiness surveys (oops, might also be a CIA creation to discredit Russia).

Conspiracy Theories - 3 Dec 2013 // 18:34:38

"Founded in 1993 (formally in Germany), it is DE FACTO one of the USA' political instruments, which works under- first of all- the CIA' control"

Yesterday it was the that the US controls the EU and is behind the Ukraine uprising.

The day before it was that the CIA was responsible for the Typhoon in the Philippines.

Two weeks ago it was that the Americans were recording you while you jacked off thinking of Yane.

Dude, you need to get a life....or get help..........and quick!

Makedonka - 3 Dec 2013 // 18:04:55

Behind Macedonia, too.

sa-sha - 3 Dec 2013 // 17:16:08

Nice question, Corupto ;-)...just in line with another one: what is it, that glorious non-governmental organization "Transparency International" (TI)? /Joke of jokes:"Non-governmental"!!! ;-) /
Founded in 1993 (formally in Germany), it is DE FACTO one of the USA' political instruments, which works under- first of all- the CIA' control.

Interesting info: http://pinkindustry.wordpress.com/transparency-international/

Richiie - 3 Dec 2013 // 16:15:02

Corupto, here you can read all about it on transparency.org /files/content/pressrelease/2013_CPISourceDescription_EN.pdf

Richiie - 3 Dec 2013 // 15:55:09

Of course, Agent Piccadily: they will just forbid anybody to write or speak about it, so corruption will not be perceived any more.

Agent Piccadilly - 3 Dec 2013 // 15:46:20

This covers all of 2013 and doesnt take into account the efforts made by the new regime to wipe out corruption in Bulgaria. I fully expect in the 2014 report that Bulgaria will be in the top ten least corrupt countries in the world.

Corupto - 3 Dec 2013 // 12:33:08

The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on experts' opinions of public sector corruption.

And may we know who this experts are?

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