The ranking was compiled by Transparency International.
CPI Trannsparency International rankings. (source: Trannsparency International)
BRATISLAVA. Slovakia has improved by four places in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compiled annually by Transparency International. Out of 180 evaluated countries, it finished in 56th place.
The achieved score also increased year-on-year, from 49 to 52 points out of a hundred possible. Slovakia is thus one point higher than the current maximum.
According to Transparency, increased efforts by the police and prosecutor’s office to detect and prosecute corruption have benefited. Overall, the highest number of people to date has been prosecuted for corruption (252).
“The impression is partly marred by controversial and insufficient communicated decisions on the abolition of certain prosecutions and allegations by the Attorney General Maroš Žilinka or disputes between some police and prosecutors, “Transparency International said.
In 2021, investigations into the cases of influential people, such as oligarchs, continued Jozef Brhel and Miroslav Výboh or former Minister of Finance and current Governor of the National Bank Peter Kažimír.
Former cases brought to court, former special prosecutor wrongfully convicted of abuse of office and bribery Dušan Kováčik.
However, Slovakia still lags significantly behind the EU average. The average score is 64.
Denmark, Finland and New Zealand lead the list, scoring 88 out of 100 points at the end, while South Sudan finished eleven points at the other end. In 2021, the Czech Republic remained in 49th place with 54 points.
Poland and Hungary have not escaped criticism this year either. “The long-term consequences of the insufficient fight against corruption are already visible in Hungary and Poland. Slovenia is in danger of joining them soon,” Transparency said.
Hungary (43 points) and Poland (56) have long faced reservations over government action against the judiciary and the media, and Slovenia has recently been criticized.