Inherent public-sector corruption risk back up
A gauge of inherent corruption risk in Hungary’s public sector edged up to 46% this year from 44.6% in 2012, but was still down from 47.8% in 2011, the State Audit Office (ÁSz) reported yesterday. A gauge of growing corruption risk tendencies climbed to 27.7% this year from 22.4% in 2012 and 26.1% in 2011, according to ÁSz.
ÁSz director Gyula Pulay said there were some positive tendencies behind the increase in the inherent corruption risk indicator, namely more European Union support and public procurements, as well as changes to the regulatory environment.
ÁSz deputy director Erzsébet Németh noted that the indices did not gauge corruption, but the risk of corruption, based on objective measures.
ÁSz started collecting data from the indices in 2009, as part of the EU-financed Integrity Project, and will continue to compile data on an annual basis until 2017. The data is based on a 155-question survey submitted to staff at 6,000 public sector institutions. This year, about 1,500 filled out the survey on a voluntary basis.
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