Georgia is ahead of the EU in the "Corruption Perception Index"
Georgia took 64th place among 182 countries in the world, receiving 4.1 points of possible 10, in the "Corruption Perceptions Index" (CPI) for 2011, released today. According to "Georgia News", in the similar list last year, Sakartvelo took 64th place among 178 countries, having received from the authors of the rating the score of 3.8 points, in 2009 - 66th place with 4.1 points. The rating was released by the NGO "International transparency - Georgia".
According to the acting director of the NGO Eka Gigauri, the electronic public procurement system, introduced this year in Georgia, which proved to be very transparent, has earned a positive assessment of the NGO experts.
However, despite the obvious progress, the NGO experts consider that special measures to improve anti-corruption system in Georgia remain relevant. "Our analysis of anti-corruption system shows that in Georgia, balanced management system is still weak", said the experts in the comments. They urge the authorities to focus on strengthening the role of Parliament, creating a competitive environment for the parliamentary elections of 2012, as well as to reform the justice system and accessability of public information.
"The government shouldn't interfere in the media", the analysts of the NGO said.
Gigauri explained that this time, the Corruption Perception Index in Georgia is lower even than in some EU countries. For example, we are talking about Croatia (4.0), Slovakia (4.0), Italy (3.9), Romania (3.6), Greece (3.4) and Bulgaria (3.3).
Among the countries, Armenia is at 129th place (2.6 points), Russia and Azerbaijan share a 143rd place (2.4 points).
The highest places are taken by New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4), Finland (9.4), Sweden (9.3) and Singapore (9.2).
The last position is occupied by Uzbekistan (1.6), Afghanistan (1.5), Myanmar (1.5), North Korea (1.0) and Somalia (1.0).