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Romania ranks 59th in the world and 25th in the EU in the Transparency International Corruption Index 2017

Romania ranks 59th in the world and 25th in the EU in the Transparency International Corruption Index 2017

Romania ranks 59th worldwide and 25th in the European Union in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2017.

This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Unfortunately, compared to recent years, this poor performance is nothing new.

According to the index, authoritarianism increased across Eastern and South East Europe last year, ‘hindering anti-corruption efforts and threatening civil liberties’. Across the region, NGOs and independent media faced challenges in their ability to monitor and slam decision-makers. For example, in Poland, government bodies took over the management and distribution of vital funds for NGOs. Similarly, in Romania, the government put forward a bill which imposes disproportionate reporting requirements on NGOs.

Romania ranked 59th on the corruption perception globally last year, scoring 48 points, just like in 2016.

Greece and Jordan are on the same position as Romania.

Romania ranks among the last in the EU (like Greece), yet ahead Hungary (45 points) and Bulgaria (43 points).

New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively in the 2017 Index. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

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