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TI: Corruption problems in Latvia - topical due to crisis

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Chairwoman of Transparency International Latvia Board Inese Voika

Latvia’s Corruption Perception Index declined by 4.3 points this year, thus, indicating a growing corruption problem in the country, points out the Chairwoman of Transparency International Latvia (Sabiedriba par atklatību – Delna) Board Inese Voika.

In 2009, Latvia’s Index also underwent a rapid fall from 5.0 to 4.5 points, reports LETA.

The Corruption Perception Index 2010 assessment reveals the overall corruption perception level of the entrepreneurs and analysts in the country and can range from 10 ( meaning there is no corruption) to 0 (indicating the state is absolutely corrupted).

The Index ranks the countries based on the perceived level of corruption in the country’s public sector. It is a composite index, a combination of surveys where the data on corruption is obtained from surveying the experts and business persons, and is carried out by different independent and reliable institutions.

Voika points out during the crisis conditions corruption problems in Latvia are becoming even more topical; therefore, it is important to strengthen the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, so it could identify and investigate corruption cases.

The Index is being compiled since 1995, Latvia is included in it 1998. The countries are ranked on account of the perceived corruption level in the national public sector. This evaluation is expressed on a scale from 1 to 10.

Latvia’s Index in 2009 showed a sharp drop from 5 to 4.5 points, indicating the rising corruption problems in Latvia.


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