ALMOST HALF OF MACEDONIANS GIVE BRIBES
44 percent of Macedonians have paid kickbacks to exercise some of their rights, says the 2007 Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International.
The Global Barometer is a public survey, in which as many as 63,199 citizens from 60 countries took part this year.
The most corrupted sectors in Macedonia include judiciary, healthcare, education, and the political parties, police officers, MPs and businessmen are not lagging far behind either.
According to the respondents, there is a high level of corruption in Tax Administration, agencies competent for issuing licenses and permissions as well as in the media and the NGO sector.
On the other hand, 61 percent of those polled in Macedonia voiced high level of trust in the government's efforts to fight corruption.
The results of the Global Corruption Barometer showed that 12 percent of the respondents had to give bribery to exercise some of their rights. As much as 70 percent of the respondents from 60 countries consider judiciary and police to be the most corrupted sectors, while more than a half (54%) said they expected the corruption to increase over the next three years.
On the occasion of 9th of December, the International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency- Zero Corruption presented the Global Corruption Barometer in Skopje.
MD: This is very common in Southern Europe and especially the Balkans. It will be very hard to fight this.