16 Jun 2011

Bribery Third Largest Problem in Balkans Says Un

A UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) survey of 28,000 people found that corruption is the third-largest issue facing the Western Balkans today, with the average individual paying between 4 and 10 bribes per year and each bribe ranging from 103-1,212 euros (~$135-1,600) – more than 140% of weekly salaries.

Furthermore, only 1.5% of respondents said that they reported the bribe to the appropriate authorities, saying that corruption was so rife that there was no reason to report the incident. About 4 out of 5 bribes were in the form of monetary compensation for things such as receiving better care (in medical situations), avoiding a fine (with police or other officials), or speeding up bureaucratic processes (municipal/governmental officials).

For an article summarizing the report, please click here.

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