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2020.01.23 10:27

Lithuania inches up in corruption index, but still short of targets

BNS, LRT.lt2020.01.23 10:27

Lithuania is ranked 35th among 180 countries in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, moving up three notches from the year before.

The country scored 60 points on a 100-point scale where points, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean, Transparency International said on Thursday.

Read more: Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Lithuania saw its result improve for the first time since 2015. For four years in a row, until 2018, Lithuania scored 59 points.

Lithuania ranks 15th among EU member states, led by Denmark with 87 points. Estonia scored 74 points and is ranked 18th (73 points and 18th place in the 2018 index). Latvia got 56 points and ranks 44th (58 points and 41st place in 2018), and Poland ranks 41st with 58 points (60 points and 36th place in 2018).

The Transparency International's index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople.

Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter points out that the incumbent government of Lithuania has set a goal of scoring 70 points in the 2020 index.

Meanwhile under the 2015 National Anti-Corruption Programme, the country was supposed to score at least 65 points in 2019.

Sergejus Muravjovas, the head of Transparency International Lithuanian Chapter, says that the country is dealing well with petty corruption, but the big challenge now is to tackle large-scale problems “that cost us billions, not millions”.

“We must focus some more on possible illegal influence, to finally iron out our lobbying rules, to make us aware of not just whom politicians are meeting, but who contributes to drafting this or that bill,” Muravjovas told LRT TV.