The average bribe paid when trying to acquire a contract or subsidy in Slovakia, according to businesspeople in the country, is around 13 percent of the total contract value, according to the results of a project entitled Anti-corruption Initiative presented on Thursday, April 11. If only those contracts overseen by public authorities are taken into account, this would mean that bribes amounting to around €500 million are being paid out each year in Slovakia.
The project was carried out by the Slovak Business Alliance (PAS) in association with Transparency International Slovensko and the Institute for Economic and Social Reform (INEKO) think tank.
"The project was set up to respond to the fact that entrepreneurs view the issue of corruption as very serious. While they identified corruption as the fourth-most significant obstacle for their business activities in 2006, corruption made its way up to reach the top position only four years later," said PAS executive director Robert Kičina, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The poll also revealed that those contracts most susceptible to corruption were contracts concluded with ministries, institutions providing money from EU structural funds, other central state administration bodies and regional government authorities. However, entrepreneurs with direct experience of doing business with state bodies viewed corruption as less frequent than those who had not concluded a contract with the state.
In order to combat corruption, PAS is proposing fundamental changes to legislation that would contribute to making the activities of the public administration more transparent, supporting activities aimed at revealing and reporting corrupt practices; and at protection against dishonest lobbying. One of the chief measures proposed by the alliance is the creation of a public register of political nominations in public administration bodies. PAS also suggests making all the resumes and job contracts of people in managerial positions public, including their pay and other benefits.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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