Around 90% of Slovaks perceive corruption in the country to be widespread, according to the latest EU Anti-Corruption Report published today. A shockingly high figure, but some would say justified, even when the EU average comes out as high as 76%.
Overall Slovakia has improved slightly, according to the report, but still has a long way to go with high levels of corruption perceived, and Slovakia coming out among the worst in several areas.
In public tenders, for instance, the percentage of businesses that state corruption as the reason for not winning was as high as 57% in Slovakia, compared to the EU average of 32 %, with the trend most prominent among construction and engineering companies. Corruption is most likely to be considered a problem when doing business in general by companies in the Czech Republic (71 %), Portugal (68 %), Greece and Slovakia (both 66 %), the report states.
Around one in twelve Europeans (8 %) say they have experienced or witnessed a case of corruption in the past 12 months, while the figure in Slovakia comes to 21% (beaten only by Lithuania with 28%). Finland and Denmark (3% each), Malta and the UK (4% each) set the best examples. Some 14% of Slovaks have been directly asked for a bribe in Slovakia, compared to the EU average of just 4%.
Around three quarters of Europeans (73 %) say that bribery and the use of connections is often the easiest way of obtaining certain public services in their country. This belief is most widespread in Greece (93 %), Cyprus (92 %), Slovakia and Croatia (89 % in each).
Overall, Slovakia only has Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Italy to thank from keeping it off the bottom of the EU index.
Source: European Commission