Transparency International slams Ukraine as ‘most corrupt in Europe’

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Dec. 3, 2013, 6:03 p.m. | Ukraine Politics — by Olena Goncharova

In its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index Transparancy International slammed Ukraine, calling the country the most corrupt nation in Europe.
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Olena Goncharova

Olena Goncharova has been a Kyiv Post staff writer since January 2012. She is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. To contact: email, Twitter @FlyToSun.

In its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index released today, Transparancy International slammed Ukraine, calling the country the most corrupt nation in Europe and the fifth most corrupt in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Ukraine tied for 144th place in the ranking with Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Iran, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea.  That ranking placed it ahead of several Central Asian post-Soviet states, including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Ukraine’s position remains unchanged from 2012, though Ukraine’s score fell, indicating a marginally higher level of corruption over the previous year. 

Ukraine is halfway through its own anti-corruption program, the State Program on Prevention and Combating Corruption for 2011-2015, but has yet to reap results from that program. 

The question of the Ukrainian leadership’s actual commitment to reducing corruption has loomed large since Ukraine failed to sign the anti-corruption initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in November of this year.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is not the only ranking Ukraine faired poorly in.  Ukraine also slumped in the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index released in September, coming in at 84th out of 143 countries, and 112th in the 2014 Ease of Doing Business Report.

Transparency International’s report noted that CIS countries posed corruption challenges, as all CIS states were subject to endemic corruption.

Russia improved in the same ranking, moving up six positions to 127th. Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan remained the worst in the CIS ranking at 150th, 154th, and 168th, respectively.

On the flipside, Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, and Sweden had the lowest bribery rankings.  However, the study admits none of the surveyed nations received a perfect score. Worldwide, the 69 percent of ranked countries are facing serious corruption problems.

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