TI drops Hungary in Corruption Perception Index ranking

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In what the organization’s local managing director called “a step backward,” Transparency International dropped Hungary one place in the ranking of 175 nations to 47th, behind South Korea and ahead of Seychelles, in its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.

This after a big improvement from 2011 to ’12 which saw Hungary leapfrog from 54th to 46th place in the survey.

Hungary scored a 54 on the 0-100 scale, down one point from its 2012 mark on the index. Hungary ranked ahead of the Czech Republic (57th), Slovakia (61st) and Romania (69th), but behind Poland (38th). Best in the survey for Europe was Denmark, which finished in a mathematical tie with New Zealand at the very top of the table; Greece finished last among Continental nations and in a lowly 80th place overall.

Rounding out the top 10 after Denmark and New Zealand were Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia and Canada.

TI Hungary managing director Jozsef Péter Martin described the results for Hungary to national news service MTI as “a step backward” and said that in the country “lawmaking often serves the interest of political powers at the moment rather than the public good.”

Martin further stated that Hungarian citizens seemed to be growing insensitive to corruption, citing TI figures from the local level showing that 70% of those polled would not contact authorities if they knew of corruption due to lack of trust in the authorities and/or fear of the consequences.

Among the statistics painting a “worrying picture” presented by the index, TI noted that “While a handful [of countries] perform well ... more than two-thirds score less than 50.”

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