ArmInfo. Corruption Perception Index is one of the highest in Armenia among transition countries of Eastern Europe, according to the data of the "Life in Transition- 2016" survey conducted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
According to the survey average "corruption perception level" in Armenia totaled 35%, this is the percentage of respondents who think that non-official payments and bribes are necessary component for using public state services. Meanwhile, average "corruption experience index", those who gave bribes for using state services, is not high-11%. To note, corruption perception level in Moldova totals 41% of respondents. While corruption experience is very high in Tajikistan (42%), Kazakhstan (27%), Kyrgyzstan (25%), Azerbaijan (29%). It is noteworthy that in Georgia corruption perception totals only 2%, while corruption experience- 9%. As for Armenia, only 4% of respondents noted that they are ready to inform about facts of corruption in state services. This is the lowest index among Eastern European countries. In Georgia it makes 12%. To note for comparison, that in Germany this index totals 48%. In Armenia 22% of respondents refuse to give bribes, however 55% consider that it is impossible to fight corruption, and there is no other solution to the problem except giving a bribe. As for sectors, 20% found it necessary to give bribes in healthcare sector in Armenia, however only half of respondents are satisfied with the level of service. In educational field the situation is better, only 5% have admitted that they have given bribes, while more than half of respondents is satisfied with service. The authors of the report mention two mutually exclusive facts-35% respondents in Armenia think that non-official payments and bribes are right, however only 10% state that they had to make them.