In the most recent Transparency International (TI) global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2018, Lithuania yet again received a score of 59 on a 100-point scale, thus ranking 38th out of 180 countries. Lithuania is currently ranked 18th out of 28 European Union (EU) countries while Denmark’s score of 88 puts it in the first place.
Lithuania’s results have not changed for the past four years. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Lithuania also received a score of 59.
Estonia is ranked 18th with a score of 73 (last year – 21st with a score of 71), Latvia, same as last year – 41st with a score of 58, Poland – 36th with a score of 60 (also last year – 36th with a score of 60).
“I’m concerned about those results. It is clear that Lithuania did not made any steps futher in Corruption Perceptions Index, while Estonia and Latvia have made a clear progress over the last seven years. I hope that this year’s evaluation will be like an alarm clock for the politicians and the heads of public sector institutions because anti-corruption changes are in their hands. It is no longer enough to say that corruption is bad and transparency is good.“ – says TI Lithuania Executive director Sergejus Muravjovas.
Transparency International (TI) global Corruption Perceptions Index is one of the world’s most famous anti-corruption surveys, which ranks countries and territories based on how effectively they are able to manage corruption. The score of a country or territory reflects the perceived level of corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, where a 0 indicates that a country is perceived as highly corrupt whereas a 100 means that it is perceived as very transparent. The level of corruption in the public and government sectors is evaluated by various experts and business leaders.
TI Lithuania emphasizes that the current Government is determined to measure its success in the fight against corruption based on the CPI. The Government’s programme clearly states that in 2020, Lithuania should receive a score of 70. In addition, the National Anti-corruption Programme of the Republic of Lithuania, adopted in 2015, states that in 2019 Lithuania should score at least 65 points.
The following sources were used in determining Lithuania’s CPI (2018): 1. Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index; 2. Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Indicators; 3. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook; 4. Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide (ICRG); 5. World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey (EOS); 6. Economist Intelligence Unit. Country Risk Ratings; 7. Global Insight Country Risk Ratings; 8. Freedom House Nations in Transit; 9. Varieties of Democracy Project.