Some months ago I had written a post about corruption based on some national survey. The results showed that Romania’s perception of corruption is evident; however, most often than not Romanians shy away from pointing it in their everyday life either personal or professional.
Transparency International’s Index is based on how corrupt the public sector is perceived to be in each country participating in the survey.
Well, the Romanian public sector is a subject for debate since on many occasions politicians have minutely explained on TV the chain of corruption in the public sector. But there was one guy last year who took the trouble to show on live TV step by step how public sector contracts are corrupted in Romania and who gets what and how. He did it only because at that point he had nothing to lose.
The next minute, most politicians were branding him a fool and he got sued. However, for 15 minutes or so, this guy explained the whole process and how it’s done practically anywhere in the public sector where you have a bidding process. Of course, explaining or perceiving it is one thing, proving it is another.
Romania- Corruption Perception
Score in 2013: 43
Not very clean, is it?
The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. More on Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2013.