SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 25 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria ranks lowest among EU member states in the 2016 edition of Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) global survey published on Wednesday.
The country ranks 75th, down 6 positions in comparison to the 2015 edition of the CPI survey. The EU member states that rank closest to Bulgaria in the 2016 edition of the CPI survey, are Greece and Italy, in 69th and 60th position, respectively.
Despite the drop in ranking, the overall score of Bulgaria remained unchanged in comparison to the 2015 edition, standing at 41 points. In the survey, 0 equals the highest level of perceived corruption and 100 indicates the lowest one.
The 2016 edition of the CPI scores and ranks 176 countries, eight more than in 2015, based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The study draws on data sources, covering the past two years, from independent institutions specialising in governance and business climate analysis.
Data for Bulgaria was available in 9 of the 13 data sources used in the current edition of the study.
Detailed data about Bulgaria’s score and ranking follow:
||World Economic Forum EOS
||Global Insight Country Risk Ratings
||Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index
||IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook
||Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Index
||World Justice Project Rule of Law Index
||PRS International Country Risk Guide
||Economist Intelligence Unit Country Ratings
||Freedom House Nations in Transit Ratings
The other most corrupt states in Southeast Europe, according to Transparency International, are Kosovo and Moldova.
"In the Western Balkans, Transparency International’s recent report attributes weaknesses in law enforcement to captured political systems in which politicians wield enormous influence on all walks of public life, while being close to wealthy private businessmen or even organised crime networksр" the organisation said.