Macedonia has ranked 111th on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the country’s worst ranking since it was first included in the index in 2001.
Macedonia has noted a drop of five positions, but retained the same amount of index points (35). It shares its position with Bosnia and Herzegovina, making these two the worst ranked countries in the Western Balkan region.
2020 results analysis, she noted, shows that measures taken by the government, the judiciary, Parliament and independent institutions are unsatisfactory.
The crisis tested governments in the past year and showed that corruption is more pervasive in countries least equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries with high level of corruption lacked functional hospitals and health institutions, leaving whole regions without room or staff to take care of COVID-19 patients, while countries ranking higher on the Corruption Perception Index managed the coronacrisis more easily.