Tuesday, December 13 2016 18:24
Emmanuil Mkrtchyan

EBRD survey: Corruption Perception Index is one of the highest in Armenia

EBRD survey: Corruption Perception Index is one of the highest in  Armenia

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.


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