Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania seen as most corrupt EU members

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Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania ranked the lowest among European Union member states in Transparency International's "2020 Corruption Perception Index" global survey, published last week.

Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania both ranked 69th among 180 countries included in the survey, achieving a score of 44 points out of a maximum 100, the organization said. Hungary's score has dropped 11 points since 2012. 

"Weakening of independent institutions, growing political influence on media and an increasingly hostile environment for civil society, along with corruption scandals involving EU funds had become the country’s new normal even before the pandemic. As the crisis emerged, the ruling party’s two-third majority adopted legal changes further centralizing its power and weakening its control of public spending," TI noted in its report.

The organization also argued that Hungary caused serious challenges by threatening to block the adoption of the EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund, as an attempt to prevent the final adoption of a political agreement on conditionalities for the protection of the EU budget from breaches of the principles of the rule of law.

In the Central, Eastern and Southeast European (CESE) region, Estonia ranked the highest the 17th place (with 75 points), followed by Slovenia in the 35th spot, Latvia in the 42th place and Poland at 45th. The Czech Republic occupied the 49th place, while Slovakia ranked 60th.

The full report is available on transparency.org.

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