Albania is Balkans's most corrupt country / Poll: 90% of citizens believe the politics and justice system...

 Albania marked the largest regression in the region in the perception of corruption in 2020 compared to neighboring countries.

This year's Balkan Barometer showed that the perception of corruption marked a significant increase in Albania for the nine main sectors in 2019 compared to 2018, where bribes prevailed in all institutions.

Albania has the lowest confidence in the institutions. 90 percent of respondents believe that politics and the justice system are corrupt. This percentage is slightly lower in the region.

Also, 80% of Albanians think that customs are corrupt and 77% of them think that the health system is corrupt. The least corrupt in the region are the army, religious services, and non-governmental organizations.

Nearly half of the population, 45%, report paying bribes for health services. Manual payments for doctors were the highest in the region as seen in other countries, such as Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, this indicator is 9 out of 9 in Macedonia at a maximum of 15% in Bosnia (see table below).

One-fifth of the population in Albania has claimed to have paid bribes to individuals of the judiciary and justice, with 16% paying gifts and corruption to the police. In other countries in the Region, bribe payments for justice and the police are in the range of 1-4% of respondents.

Albania has made positive steps in corruption against municipal services, which from 13 percent in 2018 fell to 8% in 2019.

Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzegovina has seen corruption rise in seven of the nine categories. Montenegro is at the other end of the scale with fewer recorded cases of bribery being paid in seven of the nine categories under consideration.


The corruption index spread widely throughout the region, reaching 31% in 2019 from 26% in 2018.

There is a noticeable increase in the perception of corruption towards institutions. The vast majority of sectors, organizations and institutions reviewed are considered corrupt by an overwhelming majority of respondents.

Everywhere in the region, the crisis of confidence in the rule of law system weighs heavily on the judiciary, which is considered corrupt by about 80% of respondents, both coming from political parties (82%).

In Albania, the education system has received a more positive assessment of corruption than in other countries in the region.
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