In the latest issue of the global chart of corruption perception from 2012, conducted by Transparency International, Slovakia placed 62 out of the 176 countries evaluated.
This means that Slovakia was ranked as the fifth most corrupt country among the European Union member states – only Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece scored worse, the Transparency International Slovensko wrote in a press release. The chart reflects the level of perception of corruption of businessmen and experts in 2011 and the beginning of 2012. According to it, Poland ranked highest among the Visegrad Group countries (41st), followed by Hungary (46th), and the Czech Republic (54th). Overall, the best-placed countries are New Zealand, Denmark and Finland; the worst, on the other hand, are Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia.
The Corruption Perception Index, or CPI, is calculated by the Transparency International headquarters in Berlin; and in the case of Slovakia, it includes data from polls by seven institutions: the World Economic Forum-WEF, Freedom House, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Institute for Management Development, Bertelsmann Foundation and analytical agencies IHS Global Insight and Political Risk Services. Polls were conducted among both domestic and foreign entrepreneurs and analysts and concerned only corruption in the public sector. Due to fundamental changes in the setting and construction of the index, results are not comparable with previous index results.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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